Clive Head (b. 1965) is the leading British realist painter of his generation, known for his striking paintings of urban landscapes. He has achieved a worldwide reputation and his work is held in private and public collections internationally. Although there is a clear link between Head's work and the traditions of American Photorealism, the paintings extend that tradition by drawing on a European history of art, with the result that Head's work is as much a descendant of Canaletto, Constable and Ginner as Estes, Bectel and Goings. In his working method, Head seeks to embody a strong sense of place, not simply as a record of the look of a place, but as the expression of a place by a particular person. This is the first full-length monograph on his work and sets out to introduce it to a wider audience. It incorporates a short history of Clive Head's work to date, examining a number of his paintings in detail in order to illuminate his working processes. Michael Paraskos argues that Head's paintings, in their depiction of multiple viewpoints, have parallels with Cubism, although unlike the Cubists Head seeks to unify multiple viewpoints into a coherent scene, so that the shattering effect disappears. This places Head at the forefront of contemporary aesthetic theory and practice as he seeks to reinvent realist painting for the twenty-first century. The book is illustrated with 100 large-format images, which will help to establish Clive Head as a leading figure in contemporary painting.
Michael Paraskos is a writer, lecturer and curator, and one of a new generation of writers on art associated with the New Aesthetics and anarchist art theory.
He is a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines, radio and television, including journals such as The Spectator, Epoch Times and British Art Journal,and the regular art critic for the London edition of The Epoch Times newspaper. He has reviewed exhibitions for Front Row on BBC Radio 4, and appeared on Ραδιοφωνικό Ίδρυμα Κύπρου, BFBS, BBC Radio Wales, and BBC North and Channel 4 television.
He is the editor of the book Re-Reading Read: New Views on Herbert Read, and author of Steve Whitehead, Regeneration and Is Your Artwork Really Necessary? His most recent book is a major new study of the leading contemporary British realist painter Clive Head (Lund Humphries, 2010), published to coincide with a major exhibition of Head's work at the National Gallery in London.
Michael studied at the School of Fine Art at the University of Leeds, and gained his doctorate researching the aesthetic theories of Herbert Read from the University of Nottingham. He was formerly Head of Art History for Fine Art at the University of Hull.
He has organised conferences at Tate Britain and the Whitechapel, London, and is Director of the Cyprus College of Art, former Research Fellow for Harlow Art Trust, and former Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute Leeds. In 2010 he became Director of the Cornaro Institute in Larnaca (Cyprus) and 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
His first job, however, was as an apprentice butcher's boy. Despite his Grandfather being a Master Butcher, this was a short lived experience that turned Michael into a life long vegetarian.
His website is available at http://www.michaelparaskos.net