Dr John Chilver

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Fine Art
Department Art
Email j.chilver (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 2217

John Chilver's artwork and writing coalesce around problems of agency. These problems lead him to philosophies of the event and questions of how 'the new' appears at all.

He gives consideration to specific contemporary contingencies in his work, including the commodification of dissent/critique; the ontological violence of dis-incarnation instituted by networks; and the composing of space as placelessness.

John's artwork operates mostly as para-painting. In various guises, it entertains an obsession with line and its modalities: as corridor, path, thread, vector; as bar, limb, stump; as edge; as axis; as cut. These then enable the works to generate semantic modalities such as connectedness/ separateness, movement/ simultaneity, and containment/ non-containment.

Professional projects

John's work has been featured in solo exhibitions in London, New York and Venice, and in group exhibitions around the world, including the Tattoo Show in London (2001) and the Wedding Show in New York (2001).

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Chilver, John. 2015. Glenn Brown October 2013. In: Wendy Chang, ed. Glenn Brown, Rebecca Warren. Vancouver, Canada: Rennie Collection, pp. 9-21. ISBN 978-0-9865961-7-9

Chilver, John. 2014. Entkoerperte Malerei. In: Gunter Reski and Hans-Juergen Hafner, eds. The Happy Fainting of Painting. Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, pp. 62-67. ISBN 9783863356705

Chilver, John. 2012. If Display Becomes Materiality. In: Edward Whittaker and Alex Landrum, eds. Painting With Architecture in Mind. Bath, UK: Wunderkammer Press, pp. 113-134. ISBN 978-0-9566462-1-7

Chilver, John. 2008. Painting and Its Strata: Sub, Super, etc. In: , ed. Superstratum. Antwerp: Koraalberg Gallery, pp. 3-5. ISBN 9789079874002

Chilver, John. 2007. Morandi with Heidegger. In: E Whittaker and A Landrum, eds. Nonsite to Celebration Park: Essays on Art and the Politics of Space. Bath: Bath Spa University, pp. 85-100. ISBN 9781905200726

Chilver, John; Graw, Isabelle; Haverkost, Eberhard; Baer, Monika and Reski, Gunter. 2007. 'On Disappearance & Display'. In: , ed. The Worst & The Best: Yearbook 2007/2008. Oslo: KHIO/National Academy of Fine Arts Oslo, pp. 21-23.

Chilver, John. 1999. 'On DJ Simpson', a dialogue with Dave Beech. In: Shahin Alfrassiabi, ed. Beck's Futures 2001 (Art Catalogue). University of Pennsylvania,Institute of Contemporary Art. ISBN 978-1900300315


Chilver, John. 2018. The discursive array: Towards a politics of painting as time–space production. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 4(1), pp. 81-101. ISSN 2052-6695

Chilver, John. 2016. Reivew of Bridget Riley, The Curve Paintings 1961-2014. Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2(2), pp. 318-321. ISSN 2052-6695

Chilver, John. 2014. Number intersecting with art: three studies. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 15(2), pp. 239-249. ISSN 1600-910X

Chilver, John. 2013. Bomberg after Auerbach after Brown. Turps Banana, 13, pp. 4-13. ISSN 1749 3994

Chilver, John. 2013. The Postceptual Present. Spike Art Quarterly, pp. 113-115. ISSN 1813 6281

Chilver, John. 2013. Review of Padraig Timoney, 'Fontwell Helix Feely'. Frieze online,

Chilver, John and Vallotton, Felix. 2009. Felix Vallotton: Genres and Shallow Waters. Turps Banana, 7, pp. 28-35. ISSN 1749-3994

Chilver, John and Slotawa, Florian. 2008. Contingency and the Paradox of Composition: Florian Slotawa. Art Papers, 32(5), pp. 32-37. ISSN 1524-9581

Chilver, John. 2007. Displacements of Shadow. Art Papers, 31(1), pp. 36-41. ISSN 15249581

Chilver, John. 2006. 'Group and Gang: The Absent Collective'. Afterall,

Chilver, John. 2004. René Daniëls: with Respect to Disrespect : with Respect to Disrespect. Afterall, 10, pp. 47-53. ISSN 14654253

Chilver, John. 2004. 'Vertical Acceleration'. Starship, 6,

Chilver, John. 2004. 'James Rosenquist'. Untitled, 32, p. 70.


Chilver, John. 2018. John Chilver at Xero, Kline & Coma. In: "John Chilver at Xero, Kline & Coma", Xero, Kline & Coma, London, United Kingdom, 23 June - 15 July 2018.

Chilver, John; Lowe, Brighid and Mok, Honggyun. 2014. Parts and Labour (Osan). In: "Parts and Labour (Osan)", Osan Museum of Art, Korea, Republic of, November - December 2014.

Chilver, John; Lowe, Brighid; Capaldi, Leah; Chaimowicz, Marc Camille; Jeffery, Charlie; Jones, Gareth; Pedraglio, Francesco; Piper, Adrian; Schmuecker, Martina; Slotawa, Florian; Staton, Sarah and Wentworth, Richard. 2012. Parts and Labour (3 Hours Minimum Wage). In: "Parts and Labour (3 Hours Minimum Wage)", Camberwell Space, London, United Kingdom, 1/5/2012-26/5/2012.

Chilver, John. 2012. The Happy Fainting of Painting. In: "The Happy Fainting of Painting", Zwinger Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 3/3/2012-28/4/2012.

Bauer, Diann; Chilver, John; Claxton, Ruth; Dale, Tom; Dawes, Nick; Dawood, Shezad; Gough, Stewart; Herbert, Samuel; Hibbs, Justin; Hopkins, James; Hughs Watts, Julian; Jones, Zebedee; Monroe, Ian; Ritson, Boo; Sanders-Dunnachie, Angus; Smith, Kevin; Richardson, Pamela; Stark, John; Wathen, Richard; White, James; Woolls, Leon; Zakiewicz, Neil and Bolivar, Juan. 2010. Dawnbreakers. In: "Dawnbreakers", John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom, 27 April - 12 June 2010.

Chilver, John; Afrassiabi, Shahin; Ash, Jesse; Bauer, Diann; Bedwell, Simon A.; Billy, Vanessa; Bolivar, Juan; Burton, Adam; Carneiro da Cunha, Tiago; Coleman and Hogarth, Kim and Jenny; Cumberland, Stuart; Dany, Hans-Christian; Frearson, Annabel; Freee, Freee; Ghazi, Babak; Ghosts Eat Mirrors, Ghosts Eat Mirrors; Glogan, Jeremy; Gottelier, Luke; Gruenfeld, Thomas; Hemsworth, Gerard; Higashionna, Yuichi; Holmes, Emma; Jones, Gareth; Kartscher, Kerstin; Kollectiv, Pil and Galia; Lowe, Brigrid; Macuga, Goshka; Makh, Ellen; Pettitt, Daniel; Reski, Gunter; Rosler, Martha; Schultze, Michael; Sill, Heidi; Simpson, D. J.; Strange, Jack; Stubbs, Michael; Timberlake, John; Verzutti, Erika; Vinitsky, Yonatan and Wright, Carla. 2010. Use and Mention. In: "Use and Mention", Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, 26 Jan - 26 Feb 2010.

Chilver, John; Bedwell, Simon A.; Reski, Gunter and Vinitsky, Yonatan. 2010. Standard Candles. In: "Standard Candles", Vulpes Vulpes, London, United Kingdom, 31 March - 25 April 2010.

Chilver, John. 2009. John Chilver. In: "John Chilver", Keith Talent Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 17 June - 1 Aug 2009.

Chilver, John. 2002. Landscape. In: "Landscape", The Saatchi Gallery, 2/22/2002 - 5/17/2002.

Chilver, John. 2001. John Chilver. In: "John Chilver", Casey Kaplan, New York, 9/7/2001 - 10/10/2001.

Art Object

Chilver, John. 2018. Richard Norris teaching the remedial class in political economy and sound workshop.

Chilver, John. 2018. Banner paintings.

Chilver, John. 2017. The Dream's Dream, 2017.

Chilver, John. 2016. 6R-K-M8.

Chilver, John. 2015. WLSX7834.

Chilver, John. 2014. 6R-K-M5.

Chilver, John. 2013. HLA213109XA.

Chilver, John. 2013. Tuesdays in August.

Chilver, John. 2013. Sequence 328987.

Chilver, John. 2013. The Dancers 3.

Conference or Workshop Item

Chilver, John and Rosamond, Emily. 2018. 'John Chilver in conversation with Emily Rosamond'. In: John Chilver in conversation with Emily Rosamond. Xero, Kline and Coma, London, United Kingdom 22 July, 2018.

Chilver, John. 2018. 'Transposing Genre, Translating Style'. In: Painting and Transposition. University of Worcester, United Kingdom 6th February 2018.

Chilver, John. 2016. 'If Surface is the Condition'. In: Surface Values: Locating Conditions. University of Reading, United Kingdom 10/ 06/ 2016.

Chilver, John. 2012. 'Art and Number'. In: The New Numeracy. Dept of Sociology, Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom 17/2/2012.

Chilver, John. 2010. 'Miss the Start, Miss the End'. In: Space, Time and the Image. APT Gallery, London, United Kingdom 14 May 2010.

Chilver, John; Malik, Suhail; Harris, Jane; Stubbs, Michael; Cooke, Nigel and Brown, Glenn. 2004. ''Painting as a Technology''. In: ‘Painting, Specifically’. Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom.


Chilver, John. 2005. Gestural Ethics: Consequences of the Mark in Contemporary Painting. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London