Billy Childish

British musician

Billy Childish (born 1 December 1959) is a musician, artist and poet. He is a co-founder of the Stuckists art group, which he has since left.

Billy Childish


  • Artists who don't paint aren't artists.
    • Milner, Frank (ed): The Stuckists Punk Victorian [National Museums Liverpool, 2005], p. 134
    • From The Stuckist Manifesto, (1999) co-written with Charles Thomson
  • Before 1999, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas offered to get me exhibitions, but joining the Stuckists put a kaibosh on all that — because I wasn't prepared to be controlled. I agreed to co-found the Stuckists to be allowed to say what I wanted, and I left the Stuckists because I didn't really want to be in them in the first place.
    • Milner, Frank (ed): The Stuckists Punk Victorian, p. 21. National Museums Liverpool, 2005.
  • I am angry with him but I have compassion for him. The reason I can have a relationship with him is that I don’t see him as my father but as an individual. I’m glad I didn’t murder him that day. I couldn’t have lived with myself if I had.
  • When I was better known than her, she put my name in that tent. I was asked to do Celebrity Big Brother, but why should I? We live in an age where fame is not related to what you do.
  • Bowie and McCartney arrived, and the biscuits and caviare started and I left immediately. I don’t like shouting across rooms, with people in shiny suits who look like used-car salesmen.

About Billy Childish

Mark D. Billy Childish: Truth, Lies and Audiotape
  • Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!
    • Milner, Frank (ed), The Stuckists Punk Victorian,, p. 134. National Museums Liverpool, 2004 (the Stuckists manifesto 1999).
    • Said to him by Tracey Emin, giving Charles Thomson the idea for the name Stuckism.
  • a seething, dyslexic, better-looking British Bukowski
    • Miranda Sawyer, The Observer
  • Britain's greatest cultural asset
    • The Guardian
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