Screen shot 2016-06-01 at 08.11.28Dr Ian Massey is an independent art historian, writer and curator. This website serves as a forum for his various writings on art, and for his activities as exhibition curator and public speaker on art.

There are pages covering projects on individual named artists, a general Essays and Reviews section, and one covering curatorial work. The Public Events section includes information on public lectures and gallery talks, whilst the Diary page is regularly updated with information on new projects and activities.

Ian is author of the monograph biography Patrick Procktor: Art and Life (Unicorn Press, 2010), and co-author with Anthony Hepworth of Keith Vaughan: The Mature Oils (Sansom & Company, 2012). Both publications are authorised by the artists’ Estates and have been widely acclaimed, garnering international media coverage. In 2012 Ian curated the first major museum retrospective of the work of Patrick Procktor since the artist’s death in 2003. The show, at Huddersfield Art Gallery, received positive reviews, from Charles Darwent in The Independent on Sunday, and Michael Bracewell in Frieze. Ian was awarded a PhD in 2013: his doctoral thesis is on the themes of art, biography and sexuality, with specific reference to Procktor and Vaughan.

Publications for which Ian has written include LuncheonPN ReviewPrintmaking TodaySight and Sound, thisistomorrow (online), Varoom, and Visual Culture in Britain. He also writes on artists for Art UK (previously known as The Public Catalogue Foundation).

Public lectures include those on Patrick Procktor for The Royal Watercolour Society, London; The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, and Manchester City Library: on Keith Vaughan for The Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, London; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal: and on Sandra Blow for the St Ives Festival.

Exhibitions: Amongst Ian’s recent curatorial projects were the shows Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic for Arts University Bournemouth; and Pure Romance a group show of work by 16 artists, for The Redfern Gallery, London. He also co-curated David Tindle: A Retrospective at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Current projects: Ian is currently researching a book on St Ives (to include material on the sculptor John Milne). Regular updates on his projects appear in the Diary section of this website.

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