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Our Friend Larionov: Meet the Artists

In the months preceding the opening of the exhibition dedicated to Larionov's life, work and ideas, artists Billy Childish, Harry Adams and Edgeworth Johnstone have been collaborating in painting new homages to the artist.

This afternoon will be a chance meet the artists, discuss with them the new work they have created collaboratively for the exhibition, and find out how ideas of the Russian avant-garde are translated into art being created today.

Billy Childish

Billy Childish was born in Chatham, Kent in 1959. After leaving school at 16, he worked at the Naval Dockyard in Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. Initially denied an interview to the local art school, he later gained entry to St. Martin's School of Art. However Childish's defiance led to his eventual expulsion from art school in 1981. He then embarked on an artistic odyssey.

Billy Childish has exhibited internationally, including in New York, London, and Berlin. His work was included in British Art Show 5 in 2010, and was the subject of major concurrent survey exhibitions at the ICA in London and White Columns in New York.


Edgeworth Johnstone was in born Brussels in 1977, and lives and works in London.

He has played guitar in bands since he was 14 and maintains an ardent daily practice of creating paintings drawings and prints, exhibiting widely in group shows including No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern (London 2010). Since 2013 he’s been visiting Billy Childish’s studio every Monday where the two artists combine their creative efforts.


Harry Adams

Harry Adams is the name of the artistic partnership between Steven Lowe and Adam Wood. They have collaborated together since meeting at art school. 

In recent years, the focus of their activity has been the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop. This is a gallery, publisher and workshop premises set up by Steven Lowe which provides a vehicle not only for Harry Adams but also for other artists, including Jimmy Cauty, Jamie Reid and Billy Childish.

The Harry Adams paintings have only been exhibited outside of L-13 since 2013, since when they have enjoyed successful solo exhibitions in Munich and Milan.

Entry is free but places are limited.  Write to to reserve a place.