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Art March, 2 2010

Video | Sound and Vision: Billy Childish

Artist and musician Billy Childish interviews himself in this recent segment from Tate Channel.

In Part 5 of our Sound and Vision series TateShots went to visit famed Punk rocker and former ‘Stuckist’ artist Billy Childish at his studio in Kent.

After being expelled from school, Childish trained as a stonemason in Chatham dockyard. Born Stephen Hamper, he got the name Billy Childish from a mate in one of the punk bands he was in as a teenager. Since then Childish been as prolific a painter as he is a musician, and in this interview he talks about how his approach to making music art and poetry is often the same:

‘I’m interested in the elemental, not impressing myself and not impressing others. I fail, I often impress myself and I have sometimes impressed others’

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