Dr Christian Mieves

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art / Course Leader Fine Art

Email address: Christian.Mieves@wlv.ac.ukPhone number: 01902 8542Location: MK702Faculty: Faculty of ArtsSchool/Institute: Wolverhampton School of ArtAreas of expertise:

Fine Art, Painting


Christian Mieves is a painter and cultural theorist. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Spain and Mexico. He has presented research papers at international conferences and symposia, as well as co-organised international conferences Revisiting the Beach (Newcastle University, 2009), Working Wonder (Newcastle University, 2013) at and Dirty Practice (Wolverhampton University, 2015, 2016, 2018).

Research interests

  • Contemporary approaches to painting
  • ‘Erosion’ and legibility of the image
  • Contemporary painting and the critique of ocularcentrism in Western culture
  • artistic frameworks in an increasingly institutionalised HEI environment

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



PGCE Art and Design

MFA (2 Years)

BA (Hons)


Edited Book:

Mieves Christian and Irene Brown (2017) (eds) Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice.Routledge (ISBN: 9781138855816).

Chapters, Articles:

Christian Mieves (2018) ‘Erosion and illegibility of images: ‘beyond the immediacy of the present’’, Journal of Visual Art Practice, VOL. 17 (2-3), 135–143 (doi.org/10.1080/14702029.2018.1466456).

Christian Mieves (2018) ‘‘‘It doesn’t reveal itself’: erosion and collapse of the image in contemporary visual practice’, Journal of Visual Art Practice, VOL. 17 (2-3), 206–224(https://doi.org/10.1080/14702029.2018.1466455).

Christian Mieves (2018) ‘“Towards understanding the nature of history and its limitations”: An interview with the American Artist David Schutter’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, 4:2, pp. 285–300, doi: 10.1386/jcp.4.2.285_1

Mieves, Christian (2017) ‘From Nimbus Cloud to Cloud Canyon: Artistic Practice and the Idea of Wonder in Contemporary Art’, in Mieves Christian and Irene Brown (eds) Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice.London, New York: Routledge, pp 105-126. (ISBN: 9781138855816).

Mieves, Christian and Maggie Ayliffe (2017), ‘Dirty Practice: A Painting Workshop and the Hidden Curriculum’ in Ian Hartshorne, Donal Moloney, Magnus Quaife (eds) Teaching Painting, Black Dog. (ISBN: 978-1911164104)

Mieves, Christian and Nanette De Jong (2016) ‘The Trope of Flattening and the Complexities of Difference: An Account of Trinidad Carnival,’ Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal(ISSN 1547-7150): Vol. 13: 2. pp 1-26.

Mieves, Christian (2014) ‘Christian Mieves interviews Dana Schutz’. Turps Banana, Issue14, pp14-19 (ISSN: 1749-3994).

Mieves, Christian (2013) ‘Unfinished Bodies, Bodies at Work and Frank from Observation:Figure and Ground in the work of Dana Schutz.’ European Journal of American Culture 32.1, pp 79-96. (ISSN: 17589118).DOI: 10.1386/ejac.32.1.79_1           

Mieves, Christian (2013) ‘Distant Toys, Dissected Bodies and Reality TV: Luc Tuymans and Painting in the Age of Ritual and New Media.’ International Journal of Arts and Technology6.3. pp 297- 316. DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2013.055396

Mieves, Christian  (2010) ‘Traces and Erosion: A Case Study of the Beach in Contemporary Art Making’, Journal ofVisual Art Practice, 9.3, pp 273-290 

Mieves, C. (2010) Co-editor of special issue Revisiting the Beach, Journal of Visual Art Practice, 9.3 (ISSN 1470-2029).


Exhibitions: Selection (2010 – 2018)

2018    Landfill,Be Poet,21/04 – 25/05 2018, Frankfurt, Germany. (Solo)

2017    Object Relations: Images in Photography and Painting, Nuneaton Museum and Gallery, 
with Euripides Altintzoglou, 23 December 2017 – 11 February 2018.

2017    Abstrakter Gegenstand, PENG, Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Design, Kunst und Kommunikation e.V, Mainz, Germany. 6-13 October 2017. (Solo).

2017    Bankley Open 2017, Manchester. 6-23 October 2017

2017    Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhamptom, May 2017 (Solo).

2017    Newbridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne (3 Feb – 4 March 2017)

2013/14Galerie der Stadt Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 29 Nov 2013 - 4 Jan 2014 (Solo).

2012    St Cuthbert's College, Durham University, 14 Nov-15 Dec 2012 (Solo).

2012    Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, 31 Oct-30 Nov 2012 (Solo).

2011    Constantine Gallery, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, 10 Nov-16 Dec 2011 (Solo).

2010    Xunta de Galicia, Lugo, Spain, Sept 2010 (Solo).

2010    Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington, UK, 4June-30 July 2010 (Solo).



Times and Movements of the Image, International Conference, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 15-16 Nov 2018, Lisbon.

Contemporary Drawing Research Forum 2018, Drawing Room, London, 8 Oct 2018.

Dirty Practice Event 2018, ‘Art School: Who Cares?’ (with Maggie Ayliffe), Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, 29 June 2018.

Teaching Painting International: Painting the New, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 19- 20 June 2018.

‘Artschool Today: Who Cares?’ Finding The Art School, Ikon Gallery Birmingham and Wolverhampton School of Art (with Maggie Ayliffe), 16 -17 April 2018.

Austerity, Adversity, Art? Fine Art education as a site of social and political resistance, initiative and engagement. NAFAE Subject Association for Fine Art Education in the UK,  Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 23 March 2018.

LOMA Conference (Large Objects Moving Air 2018), CRiSAP - Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, 8 January 2018.

‘Deceleration’, Summer Lodge2017, Fine Art Nottingham Trent University, 4 July 2017. 

‘Dirty Practice: A Painting Workshops’, with Maggie Ayliffe, The Hidden Curriculum, NAFAE,London,  Jan 2016. 

‘Dirty Practice and the Hidden Curriculum’, with Maggie Ayliffe, Teaching Painting Conference,  Manchester School of Art, 29-30 October 2015.

‘Electric Mud: Digital Art, Bad Paintingand the Return of the Artist’.New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, the Digital, Barcelona, 25-26 Sept 2014.

‘Illegible Paintings: Blocked Vision and Self-reflexitity in Contemporary Painting in recent Works by Idris Kahn and David Schutter.’ What Images Do’, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, 19 - 21 March 2014.

‘Melancholy, creative process and inhibition: Saturn and contemporary artistic practice’. Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies: Genealogy, Geography, Pathogeny, University of Liverpool,  9-11 July 2013.

‘Working Wonder: Fixation and Absorption in Contemporary Art.’, Working Wonder, organized by Irene Brown and Christian Mieves, Newcastle University, 14 June 2013.

‘Blackening out: Material limits and Artistic Boundaries in the Work of Chris Ofili, Ad Reinhardt and Julian Schnabel.’ Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology IV Annual Conference on the New Materialisms,  School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland, 16-17 May 2013.

‘Transition, space and gender in the visual and acoustic realm. An interdisciplinary case study of the painter Peter Doig.’ with Dr Nanette De Jong, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. 26-29 March2012.

Artist Talk (Visiting Artist), Teesside University, Middlesbrough (Jan. 2011).

Artist talk and artist workshops, Myles Meehan Gallery Darlington (July).

‘Eroding the Urban’, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, 14 June 2010, Newcastle University, UK. 

Artist talk, South Square Gallery, Bradford.

‘Self-Eater: Gender, Sexuality and Cannibalism in the Work of Dana Schutz’, ‘Twixt Land and Sea: The Beach in Literature, Film and Cultural Theory’, 18-21 June 2009, Bern University, Switzerland.

‘Materiality and Artistic Practice in Contemporary Painting’,‘Creative Practice/Creative Research, Materiality, Process, Performativity’, 15-17 April 2009, York St John’s University, UK.

‘Cannibalism in Contemporary Painting: A Case Study of Dana Schutz’,‘Sex/ualities in and out of time’, 27-28 Nov 2008, Edinburgh University, UK.

‘Creation and Destruction in Contemporary Art’,‘Sexuality, Textuality, Image’, 12 Sept 2008, Exeter University, UK.

‘The Beach: Liminal Spaces and Identities in Contemporary Art', II Queer Studies Easter Symposium, 23-29 March 2008, Mexico DF, Mexico. 

Experience in industry

Member of the editorial board, Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP), Taylor and Francis.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of Arts and Humanities Review Panel, Newton Fund Programme, 
British Council (2015-16).

Reviewer Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP).

Reviewer Journal of Contemporary Painting             


Further information

Teaching interests

Contemporary approaches to painting

Erosion and legibility of images

Contemporary painting and the critique of ocularcentrism in Western culture

current artistic frameworks in an increasingly institutionalised HEI environment


External academic roles

Member of the editorial board, Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP), Taylor and Francis.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of Arts and Humanities Review Panel, Newton Fund Programme, 
British Council (2015-16).

Reviewer Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP).

Reviewer Journal of Contemporary Painting