Artist Writer etc
Born into a working class community in Warrington in the mid-1960s, I was the first member of my family to go to university. Lacking the cultural capital that art students tended to demonstrate, I compensated by spending a greater and greater proportion of my time in the library. Instead of catching up, I became a theoretically supercharged artist.
I studied painting in Leicester Polytechnic for my BA halfway through the first of three years I had abandoned painting for Conceptualism. I studied cultural studies at the Royal College of Art for my MA and wrote a thesis on philistinism which became the trigger for a book I co-wrote with John Roberts for Verso called ‘The Philistine Controversy’. I completed my PhD at the University of the Arts London on the economics of art. I am Professor of Art at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg and I teach Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.
I have a longstanding interest in the legacies of text art, especially as these intersect with the dispersal of published material as a technique for establishing publics as emergent communities of the word. My artworks are marked by my theoretical investigations and my writing is shaped by my experience of making art.
In 2019 I was appointed Reader in Art and Marxism at the University of the Arts, London.