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Christopher Moock

Having originally trained as a Fine Artist (B.A. in Painting, Slade School of Fine Art) I studied for my M.A. in History of Art from Birkbeck College and am now mainly involved in teaching the History of Art, particularly Italian art of the 14th-17th centuries. I am especially interested in the art of Rome.

I have also lectured at The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Sotheby’s Institute, The History of Art Studies, The Open University, and for many other organisations.

At Heatherley's School of Fine Art I organise the art history programme presenting courses for students on the Portraiture and Sculpture Diplomas. I also teach painting on the Diploma in Portraiture and I continue to paint myself. My paintings have been exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions and I have painted portrait commissions in this country and abroad. I try to reconcile the academic and the practical sides of my interests.

There is probably some connection between studying past art and producing art now, but although it is not straightforward I do find this dual focus of my work interesting. Each aspect is revealing about the other, sometimes in ways which cannot be articulated.


I have written on topics relating to my teaching for Art History, The Art Newspaper, and The Art Book. Some recent texts by me relate to English painters from the Slade.

Click here for a list of my more-recent publications.