Billy Childish attended St. Martin's School of Art, but Childish's defiance to authority led to his eventual expulsion from art school in 1981. Childish then embarked on an artistic, journey, exploring a broad range of worldly themes including war, history, social protest, as well his own experiences of alcoholism, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Over the last 35 years, Childish has gained a cult status world-wide among collectors and peers; In addition to writing and publishing over 40 volumes of confessional poetry and 5 novels, Childish has recorded over 100 LPs, and painted many hundreds of paintings. Billy Childish has had solo and group exhibitions internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Berlin. In 2000, Childish was included in British Art Show 5, which toured throughout four cities - Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff, and Birmingham, with featured artists Tracey Emin, Liam Gillick, and David Hockney, among others. The artist lives and works in Kent, United Kingdom.