Billy Childish, English Artist ( December 1, 1959 - )

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A moustache to a man is the same as a fringe is to a woman. When you've got it, you want to grow it out; when you've grown it out, you want to cut it.~Billy Childish

Woman Man Want

I make sure I make a painting - that's my job. And I cook the Sunday dinner.~Billy Childish

Job Sunday Dinner

I'm not trying to achieve perfection. I don't like this forced control people have over work.~Billy Childish

Work Perfection People

I've dubbed myself as an amateur, not because I work in different field, but because I do what I do for love.~Billy Childish

Love Work Myself

My favourite things are jokes, friendliness and feeling comfortable.~Billy Childish

Feeling Favourite Jokes

I like feeling at home and knowing people. I like talking about ideas and being friendly.~Billy Childish

Home People Ideas

I don't spend a lot of time working if I can help it.~Billy Childish

Time Help Working

I've always liked New York, as I like towns with an edge and New York has a European feel, so when I came to play music here in the '80s it was a surprise to me.~Billy Childish

Music Me Surprise

I coined this term 'freedom thru limitation' back in the '90s because I was sick of art being treated like pop, because of this boring 'anything can be art' theory.~Billy Childish

Art Freedom Boring

We are not actually in charge of life, yet behave as if we are the masters of our own destiny. The realization of this fact is quite a hard one. The ridiculousness of our pomposity and presumption can only result in anger or humor.~Billy Childish

Life Humor Anger

I did not like prizes at school. I didn't like tests or exams, or the 11+, or O-levels. Later I hated B.A.s and M.A.s. The reason I hated them is that I don't like being tested, failed or falsely praised by anyone.~Billy Childish

School Exams Reason

I liked drawing and painting, because the only failure would be to listen to the doubters who wanted me to stop drawing and painting because 'you aren't going to make a living doing that.' I liked looking in art books at the work of painters.~Billy Childish

Work Art Failure

People could live very happily without the Turner Prize, but they could not live without real communication and emotion.~Billy Childish

Communication People Live

I think that the mythology of Van Gogh's life, and the beauty of his paintings, is unstoppable.~Billy Childish

Life Beauty Think

I've not been an admirer of contemporary music since punk rock went off the boil in 1977, but once a year I'll listen to 'Spiral Scratch' by the Buzzcocks, or 'Hippy Hippy Shake' by the Swinging Blue Jeans. Otherwise, I can put up with Chopin or shakuhachi flute in the background.~Billy Childish

Music Blue Punk Rock

Being a fan of authentic Dada, I find today's art - what I call 'Bankers' Dada' - mind-numbingly dull. The most challenging work I've seen of late is by The British Art Resistance. Their document, 'A Call for Heroes in an Age of Cowards', is apt in these days of witless chancers.~Billy Childish

Work Art Age

I'm going to get a pair of wire-snips, and I've also started a new campaign to have blank CDs on jukeboxes so you can play the silence.~Billy Childish

Silence You Play

Failure is fantastic, because you meet yourself and get to know your limitations. This is how I express myself, and I can't do it any other way.~Billy Childish

Myself Failure Yourself