The Stuckists Punk Victorian

Painting of a young woman with bright red lipstick and a golden halo with the words 'Punk Victorian'

18 September - 20 February 2005

Stuckism is a radical and controversial art group that was co-founded in 1999 by Charles Thomson and Billy Childish (who left in 2001) along with eleven other artists. The name was derived by Thomson from an insult to Childish from his ex-girlfriend, Brit artist Tracey Emin, who told him that his art was 'stuck'. The Stuckists stand for contemporary figurative painting with ideas. They oppose conceptual art, mainly because of what they regard as its lack of concepts.

As well as staging numerous exhibitions, the Stuckists have regularly demonstrated dressed as clowns against the Turner Prize. Several Stuckist Manifestos have been issued. One of them, Remodernism, inaugurates a renewal of spiritual values for art, culture and society "to replace the emptiness of current Postmodernism." They have disseminated these ideas, and in five years Stuckism has grown to an international art movement with some ninety groups round the world.

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