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Paintings of a Backwater Visionary [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Billy Childish
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9 Jan 2005
In 1977 a 16 year old Billy Childish purposely smashed his own hand with a 3lb club hammer and walked out of his job as an apprentice stone mason. Over the following three years, he was accepted four times into art schools on the 'genius clause', a provision for students who lack the normal entrance qualifications but show exceptional artistic potential, but was expelled for refusing to paint within the schools. Since then he has produced novels, LPs and more than 2,500 paintings, some of which are collected and explored in this volume.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Aquarium; illustrated edition edition (9 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871894921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871894929
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,336,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss of All English Painters 12 July 2008
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This book contains a fair cross-section of Childish's work and although its easy to dismiss the primitivism as a lack of ability, the roots of his recent work can be found in a genuine talent. Comparisons to Emin will no doubt continue to hound him because it makes it easy to say something that sounds like you know what you're talking about but really there is very little in common between the two, either ideologically or stylistically. Childish comes out of the Van Gogh school of figurative drawing (see his early sketches) and this influence can be traced throughout his work. It has to be said that not everything he has painted is genius but certainly we should be rating him as one of the most important British artists currently working.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is chock full of color plates of many of Childish's paintings. There are interviews and a bio. It's a very well produced book and high quality, as are all of The Aquarium L13 books. The Appendix has two great biography pic's with Childish and Tracey Emin in his studio from the early 80's. Childish has been an influence on so many artist, musicians and writers, though some lack the humility to admit it. A great book that gives the other side to the Tate's commercially prejudiced view of British Art in the 80's, 90's and 2000's.
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Billy Childish could do with some painting lessons.
He so wants to be Tracey Emin it is quite sad. Not only does he copy her in 'painting' himself, but he also try's to get famous doing these poor copys of Tracey's originals.
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