22/06/2022 - 03/09/2022

New Work - Painting

Lehmann Maupin presents Billy Childish - where the black water slid

Tue-Wed: 10-1pm; Thu-Sat: 10-6pm; Sun: 12-4pm

An exhibition of new work from the British painter, printmaker, musician, photographer, and writer. Including a live residency.

In addition to his paintings, works on paper, and multiples, Childish has produced hundreds of albums of music and numerous volumes of fiction and poetry. As a painter, Childish works quickly and intuitively, often creating his kinetic compositions in a single session without any revision. Working primarily on linen, his canvases exude a warm glow, and his palette is often natural and earthy, reflecting the tenor of the traditional art historical subjects—seascapes, figure in the landscape, still lives—he engages.

For where the black water slid, Childish explores the classic theme of the bather, with many works featuring swimmers immersed in swirling waters or figures wading in pools and caves fed by rushing waterfalls. Rendered in deep hues of green and brown offset with bright white accents, these works portray idyllic scenes of leisure and relaxation, and suggest deep communion with both nature and self


South Kensington 4 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, SW7 2JE