b. 1959, UK; lives and works in Rochester/Chatham, Kent

1978 St Martin’s School of Art, London

1977 Medway College of Design, Kent 

Since 1977 Billy Childish has released over 150 independent LP’s, published 5 novels and over 45 collections of poetry, but his main job is painting. Working from Chatham Historic Dockyards, his work has been enjoying a recent reevaluation and he has been described by Peter Doig as “one of the most outstanding, and often misunderstood figures in the British art scene”.