Dr Chris Short


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Specialist Subject Areas

Photographic practice and theory; German Expressionist art; Wassily Kandinsky


Ph.D., Art History and Theory, University of Essex
M.A. (Distinction), University of Essex
B.Ed. (2i), University of Exeter


I was born in Cardiff, educated initially in Bath, and attended universities in Exeter and Essex. After teaching for a short time at Falmouth School of Art, I came to teach at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 1993. Throughout my academic career, I have managed to combine the practice of art, the study of art’s history and theory, and a compulsion to spend whatever time I can in or on the sea. I’m currently working on a project that brings all three together, and that will include the creation of an artist’s book entitled Surf, Art and Philosophy.

Current research

There are two strands to my current research. One is photographic, the other art historical.

The photographic research relates to land and seascape, and to portraiture. The latter is a new project, exploring the psychological relation of the subject to the photographic image.

The art historical research continues to focus on the work of Wassily Kandinsky, and I am currently preparing a paper on works done while he lived in Paris toward the end of his life.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Click here to view Dr Short’s papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.


August 2013: ‘After Image’, Joint exhibition at the Emerson Gallery, Berlin.

October – November, 2011: Residency at Outlandia in Glen Nevis, Scotland, to produce a photo essay entitled ‘Solitude and the Sublime’.

August 2011: ‘Becoming’ – joint exhibition at The Old Library, Cardiff, South Wales.

September 9th – October 8th, 2010: ‘W.A.V.E. 2010: Borders and Edges’, joint exhibition at Wimbledon Space, Wimbledon College of Art, London.

June 2006: “Coney to Easkey”; surf-art collaboration. Funded by the Arts Council of England and UWIC. Documented and photographed in Sense in Place catalogue, funded by the EU culture 2000 programme.

2000: Collaborative project between Cardiff and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Final outcome exhibited in “Anois”, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Catalogue: Anois, published with assistance of Arts Council and Habitat and Sony Island. ISBN-0-9519146 9 3.

November 9th – 13th 1999: Video installation / Performance: “Writing Art and Institutions” at the Tate Gallery, St Ives.

March 16th – 20th, 1998: Video installation / Performance: “Practising Theory”, Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff. Reviewed by Cazeaux, C., in Live Art Magazine, Issue 21, 26 May – 2 August, 1998, 15-16

Art History

‘Kandinsky’s Animated Page: The Almanac The Blue Rider as a Work of Art’ in Kathryn Brown (ed.), The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe, Ashgate, 2013, pp.103-116. ISBN: 978-1-4094-2065-1

‘Time for a new Avant-Garde’, Axis, September 2012.

‘The role of mathematical structure, natural form and pattern in the art theory of Wassily Kandinsky: the quest for order and unity’, in Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory, Edited by Paul Crowther, Isabel Wünsche, Routledge, 2012.

‘Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art‘ in Diana Newall and Grant Pooke, Fifty Key Texts in Art History, Routledge, 2012.

The Art Theory of Wassily Kandinsky, 1909 – 1928: The Quest for Synthesis, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2010.

“Kandinsky: recent exhibitions and publications”, in The Burlington Magazine, July 2009, Number 1276, Volume CLI, pp 472 – 475.

“Sense in Place: The Shoreline as Battleground”, in Clarkson and O’Reilly (eds.), Sense in Place. Site-ations International, Europe 2005/06, Cardiff, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-905617-53-1

“Between text and image in Kandinsky’s oeuvre: a consideration of  Klänge in relation to the synthesis of the arts,” in Tate Papers, November, 2006.

“The Place of St Ives in the Photography of Andy Hughes,” in Dominant Wave Theory, Booth Clibborn Editions, 2006, ISBN 1-86154-284-4.

Schiele, Phaidon Press, London, 1997.

“An examination of the relations of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche to the theme of the apocalypse  in Wassily Kandinsky’s texts and images” , in Image into Text, Text into Image, Editions Rodopi, 1997.


2008: British Academy Small Research Grants (£1700)

2008: Fellowship of the Société Kandinsky (7500 Euros)

2007: UWIC Extended Research Leave scheme.

1989 – 1992: British Academy Major State Studentship.

Modules Taught

Supervision of Doctoral Research (titles or broad areas of investigation)

The Ways Surface Marks And Tone May Manipulate Perception Of Three-Dimensional Ceramic Artworks
The creation of illusory depth and movement on the surface of ceramic artworks
How And To What Extent Can The Physical And Mental Demands Of Bouldering Be Represented?
The relationship between Welsh culture and film.
The ways in which arrangements of colour interact and spatially manipulate perception of three-dimensional ceramic forms.