Christian Mieves is a painter and cultural theorist. He was born in Germany, where he completed his first degree. He holds a PhD in Fine Art (2009) and an MFA (2005) from Newcastle University (UK), both funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). 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-organising the international conferences Revisiting the Beach (Newcastle University, July 2009) and Working Wonder which will take place in June 2013 at Newcastle University.
Research themes in Christian’s work to date have included the beach and other border spaces as metaphors for semantically uncertain fields, the trope of cannibalism, and representations of the exotic and Arcadia. He has published journal articles on the work of Tuymans and Dana Schutz and is currently preparing articles on the concept of ‘wonder’ in visual art, and on Goya’s Saturno devorando a su hijo (1819-1823), as well as a co-authored piece on the carnivalesque in the work of Peter Doig and Chris Ofili.
His current work focuses on the idea of erosion, especially in city environs and with regard to found, arbitrary objects. This has allowed him to explore the conceptual resonances of some of his earlier work on liminal and ambiguous spaces and to develop new trajectories for questioning the limits of representation in painting and related media. He deals with this topic on both a formal ‘painterly’ level (the breaking up of the image surface), and more broadly in the decaying or disappearance of the object as a broader thematic.
Course leader Fine Art
Dirty Practice Symposium
Erosion and illegibility
Revisiting the Beach
- Galerie der Stadt Mainz, Mainz, Germany.
- Erosion, St Cuthbert's Society, Durham University, UK.
- Erosion, Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery, Malton, UK.
- Erosion of Bodies, Spaces and Materials, Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK.
- Perdidos, Xunta de Galicia, Lugo, Spain.
- Wrecked on a Desert Island, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington, UK.
- On the Beach, South Square Gallery, Bradford, UK.
- On the Edge, Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Mexico.
- Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle University, UK.
- ArtSway, Sway, UK.
- Phoenix Gallery, Exeter, UK.
- Early Researcher Award Scheme (ERAS), University of Wolverhampton
- AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Student-Led Initiative ‘Revisiting the Beach’, Conference and Exhibition
- Travel Grant, AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).
- AHRC (3 Years PhD Programme).
- Bartlett Scholarship, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
- AHRC, UK (2 Years Master Programme).
- Organiser of the Painting Initative Dirty Practice/ Painting Workshop (June 2015, University of Wolverhampton)
- Organiser of the Symposium Erosion and Illegibility of Images, The New Art Gallery Walsall, 31 Oct 2014, with participation of Jane and Louise Wilson, Idris Khan, Maria Chevska. http://www.fineartwolverhampton.co.uk/erosionsymposium/
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Visual Art Practice (JVAP), Taylor and Francis.
- Deputy Research Cluster Leader, Material and Theoretical Practice (MTP) Research Cluster, University of Wolverhampton.
- Supervisor of one PhD student.
- Co-organiser of the International conference Working Wonder, 14 June 2013, Newcastle University.
- Co-organiser of the International conference ‘Revisiting the Beach’, 3 July 2009, Newcastle University (funded by AHRC and NIASSH (Newcastle Institute for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).
- Curator of ‘Revisiting the Beach’, Ex-Libris Gallery,
- Newcastle, 3-17 July 2009.