Timeline

He left Secondary education at 16 an undiagnosed dyslexic. Refused an interview at the local art school he entered the Naval Dockyard at Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. During the following six months (the artist's only prolonged period of employment), he produced some six hundred drawings in 'the tea huts of hell.' On the basis of this work he was accepted into St Martin's School of Art to study painting. However, his acceptance was short-lived and before completing the course he was expelled. Childish then spent some 12 years 'painting on the dole', developing his own highly personal writing style and producing his art independently.