Dr Michael Paraskos teaches art history in the Centre for Language, Culture and Communications at Imperial College, and is the programme manager for evening class and lunchtime learning courses.
Michael is an art historian, novelist, occasional radio broadcaster, and sometimes writer of reviews for magazines, including The Spectator. Although his research specialism is modern British art, he is broad-ranging in his art history teaching, describing himself as "the last of the pluralists".
He studied art history and English literature at the University of Leeds, and for his doctorate at the University of Nottingham, specialising in the work of the British modern art critic Herbert Read. He has also published books and articles on the relationship between art and anarchist theory, and monographs on a number of contemporary artists.
Michael has taught at universities and art colleges around the world, and is the co-founder (with Professor James Fitzmaurice of Northern Arizona University) of the annual medieval and renaissance studies conference Othello's Island, held in Cyprus since 2013, which attracts academics from all over the world.
He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2010, and he gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.
At Imperial he teaches diverse aspects of art and architectural history, from the impact of ancient Greek mythology on art through the ages, to the art of modernism. He is also a tutor at City and Guilds of London Art School.
His recent art history books include Mirror in the Bathroom: New Paintings by Clive Head (2014); Herbert Read: Art and Idealism (2014); and, Four Essays on Art and Anarchism (2015).
His first novel, entitled In Search of Sixpence was published by Friction Fiction in 2016, and his second, entitled Rabbitman, was published by Friction Fiction in 2017. He is currently working on his third novel, provisionally entitled Ben, and Ernie, and Me.
- BA (Hons) Art History and English Literature, University of Leeds (1992)
- MRes Art History (English Expressionism), University of Leeds (1997)
- PhD, 'The Elephant and the Beetles: The Aesthetic Theory of Herbert Read', University of Nottingham (2005)
Michael Paraskos is a leading authority on the work of the twentieth-century British art theorist, novelist, and poet, Herbert Read. From this, his research has developed more widely, into looking at ways in which anarchist political and cultural theories can be applicable to contemporary art practice, and wider still, on the possible relationships between the alternative reality of anarchistic utopias and Christian notions of heaven and paradise.
He is also a novelist, with a particular interest in the use of non-standard academic forms to explore ideas in art and cultural theory, including fiction, poetry and other creative forms.
A recording of a lecture he gave at Imperial College in January 2018 on this topic, entitled 'In Place of Fact: The Use of Creative Fiction in Research' is available online at www.tiny.cc/inplaceoffactsvideo
Paraskos M, What would an anarchist Rembrandt look like?, Sanat Dünyamız, ISSN:1300-2740
Paraskos M, 2017, Rabbitman, ISBN:9780995713000
Paraskos M, 2017, Stass Paraskos A Celebration: at Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture, ISBN:9780995713017
Paraskos M, 2016, In Search of Sixpence, ISBN:9780992924782
Paraskos M, 2015, Mirror in the Bathroom: New Paintings by Clive Head, Orage Press, ISBN:9780992924751