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Dr Jonathan Clarkson

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Specialist Subject Areas

Art History and Theory


1985-88 University of Kent at Canterbury. BA (Hons) 1st Class, Art History & Film Studies

1992-96 University of Essex, Dept. of Art History and Theory. PhD, The Theory of Fantasy and the Visual Imagination in the English School of Psychoanalysis


Jonathan Clarkson is a leading international scholar on the painter John Constable. His critically acclaimed monograph on the artist was published by Phaidon in 2010. His book was named by The Sunday Times and The Telegraph as one of the best art history books of the year. He has given public lectures on Constable at the National Gallery of Wales, Cardiff and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and was interviewed on BBC 4’s Constable: a Country Rebel. He trained as an art historian under Stephen Bann, and his doctoral thesis was supervised by Michael Podro and examined by Richard Wollheim and Margaret Iversen.

As well as Constable and landscape painting in Britain, Jonathan Clarkson’s research interests include contemporary art, psychoanalysis and theories of representation.

He has published an essay on Adrian Stokes’ book, Stones of Rimini and presented papers at the Association of Art Historians, and the Classical Association on an ancient Roman well-head in the NMGW, Cardiff. The papers looked at the way the object’s shape impacts on the narrative that it depicts, and how the viewer is drawn into the story.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

View Dr Clarkson’s papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.

Constable, Phaidon, 2010
Sense in Place, Site-ations International 2005/06, (co-editor with Sean O’Reilly) inc. essays by Edward Soja and W.J. T. Mitchell, Cardiff, 2007
Constable and Wivenhoe Park: Reality and Vision, (co-editor with Neil Cox), University of Essex, 2000.

‘Adrian Stokes: Stones of Rimini’ in Newall & Pooke (eds.), Fifty Key Texts in Art History, Routledge, London, 2012
‘Constable Country’ in Heritage 159, January 2011
‘Paul Beauchamp, Timescapes’, Re:Imaging Wales ed. Hugh Adams, Seren, 2006
‘‘A Walk with the Little Lady’: Exploring Wivenhoe Park’ in Constable and Wivenhoe Park: Reality and Vision, University of Essex, 2000.

‘See : Hear’ in Chandigarh International Art Conclave, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, 2015
‘Working in Series’ in Richard Cox: Multiple Practice’, CSAD, Cardiff, 2012
‘The Philosophical Forest’ in Taechol Kim: Beyond Visibility, Seoul, South Korea, 2010
‘City of Cats’ in Angela Lizon’s Colossal Cats, CSAD, Cardiff, 2010
‘Square Deal’ in Laddering Malevich’s Tights, Toulouse, 2008
‘The Life of a Nail’ in Visarjan, Resurgence, Rust Cube Centre, New Delhi, 2006
‘False Work’ in Falsework, Station, Bristol, 2005
‘This City’ in Philip Nicol, Paintings Newport Art Gallery, 2005
‘Paul Beauchamp, Timescapes’ in Timescapes, Bay Art, Cardiff, 2004
‘Familiar Territory’ in Through the Looking Glass: artists investigating family life, University of Essex, 2000.
‘Estuary’ in Estuary, University of Essex, 1999.
‘Anatomy of Melancholy’ in Alchemy and the work of Arturo Duclos, University of Essex, 1998.

‘Taking the Measure of Things’, Planet 170, April/May 2005, pp. 119-121
‘Artificial Paradise’, Planet 171, June/July 2005, pp. 121-123
‘Mind the Gap’, Planet 179, October/ November 2006, pp. 119-121

Modules Taught

Postgraduate: MA Art History through Practice
Doctoral: Currently Supervising 1 PhD student on ambiguous sculptural images.