BILLY CHAINSAW was born and raised in Birmingham. Inspired by the onset of punk, in the late 1970s he escaped factory life and moved to London to work for Siouxsie and The Banshees. On parting company with the group in the mid-90s, Chainsaw became editor-in-chief on one of Paul Raymond’s adult publications (the American version of Club International).
Fast-forward almost two decades to May 2012: now a Hove resident, Chainsaw showed his art publically for the first time at an underground open house. His entire collection of mixed-media canvases and upcycled, bespoke ceramics completely sold out. It was a life-changing experience for Chainsaw, who immediately decided that art was his true calling.
Subsequently, he has exhibited in numerous group shows in such far-flung locations as Brighton and Los Angeles, and staged a month-long solo show at London’s prestigious Horse Hospital gallery. His other achievements include creating an exclusive fabric design for cutting edge design company Charles of London; a range of merchandise for legendary experimental filmmaker/artist Jeff Keen’s retrospective at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery; art for indie superstars The Fall’s 13 Killers album; and contributions to the book Cut Up! An Anthology Inspired By The Cut Up Method Of William S. Burroughs And Brion Gysin.
Although Chainsaw admits his first great love was American comic-books, since his early teens, the self-taught artist has been fascinated by the unknown (in its myriad forms), along with masks, the movies, and the magickal weirdness of the number 23. They’re ever-present elements in his mixed-media pop art, which also reference such diverse sources as cartoon surrealism, tattoos, and Lucha Libre (masked Mexican wrestling). However, Chainsaw’s primary driving force is William S. Burroughs – perpetually employing the beat author/artist’s “open your mind and let the pictures out” adage whenever he’s creating art.
ABOUT BILLY CHAINSAW
• THE BLACK GALLERY Open House group show, The Black Gallery, Brighton.
• MAGICK EYE 2 group show, Orbital Gallery, London.
• THE ILLUSTRATED APE group show, Orbital Gallery, London.
• X – MORE THAN A JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN inaugural solo show, The Horse Hospital, London.
• SATANIC MOJO COMIX #1 group show, Orbital Gallery, London.
• SUSAN DIAMOND GALLERY inaugural group show, St. Leonards-on-sea.
• THE BEAT HOTEL: CUT UPS event, The Horse Hospital, London.
• Brighton Pride ICONS group show, Jubilee Library, Brighton.
• TRAUMFRAU’s PRIDE FAIR group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton’s.
• 100 ARTISTS FOR WORLD AIDS DAY group show, Brighton Dome, Brighton.
• Brighton Pride FREEDOM TO LIVE group show, Jubilee Library, Brighton.
• HALLOWEEN group show, Susan Diamond Gallery, St. Leonards-on-sea.
• SUSAN DIAMOND GALLERY, 1ST ANNIVERSARY group show, Susan Diamond Gallery, St. Leonards-on-sea.
• SATANIC MOJO COMIX #2 group show, Orbital Gallery, London.
• DIAMOND DAWGS group show, Susan Diamond Gallery, St. Leonards-on-sea.
• BEYOND ANOTHER DIMENSION: ARTWORKS INSPIRED BY THE TWILIGHT ZONE group show, RiT Gallery, La Puenta, Los Angeles.
• AREA 51 group show, Chateau L’Amour Gallery, Ontario, California.
• VISIONS OF XTABAY show with David Apps, Gallery 40, Brighton.
• ROBERT ANTON WILSON’S COSMIC TRIGGER: THE PLAY BY DAISY ERIS CAMPBELL, group art installation, Camp and Furnace, Liverpool.
• 10 X 10 group show, Jeffrey Disastronaut Gallery, Hastings.
• HEAVEN AND HELL: GODS, ANGELS, DEVILS AND DIETIES group show, Chateau L’Amour Gallery, Los Angeles.
• BRUSH GALLERY inaugural group show, Brush Gallery, Brighton.
• BRUSH GALLERY, CELEBRITY group show, Brush Gallery, Brighton.
• BILLY CHAINSAW’S ALPHABILL (A LOVE STORY) & VISIONS FROM INTERZONE, The Horse Hospital, London
• VIVA LA FRIDA group show, Tarte at The Three Jolly Butchers, Brighton.
• Created a Lucha Libre-inspired fabric design for cutting edge design company CHARLES OF LONDON.
• Created assorted merchandise for legendary experimental filmmaker/artist JEFF KEEN’s RETROSPECTIVE at Brighton’s Museum & Art Gallery.
• Created sleeve art for indie superstars THE FALL’s “13 KILLERS” album.
• Produced two William Burroughs-inspired, signed, limited edition screen-prints in Los Angeles: one for Richard Duardo (regarded as the ‘Warhol of the West Coast’) and his prestigious Modern Multiples studio; the other for Bob Fierro’s Zebra Marketing.
• Launched an exclusive ULTRA ICONS series of vases at the SUSAN DIAMOND GALLERY, St. Leonards-on-sea.
• CUT UP! AN ANTHOLOGY INSPIRED BY THE CUT UP METHOD Edited by A.D. Hitchin and Joe Ambrose (book), four exclusive cut up art works.
• Launched an exclusive series of vases at the SEASIDE CHARLIE GALLERY, St. Leonards-on-sea.
• THE MAGICAL UNIVERSE OF WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS by Matthew Levi Stevens (book), two exclusive cut up art works.
• Premiered C.H.I.P. (Chainsaw Hogan Installation Project: a art/music/film collaboration with Anni Hogan) as part of Richard Strange’s LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS FROM OUTER SPACE at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
• SATANIC CARTOONISTS’ SABBATH OF THEE BROKEN art-jam print, launched at Atomica Gallery, London