Professor Paul Gough

Painter, broadcaster and writer. First degree in Fine Art, MA Painting (1985) Royal College of Art, London. His large-scale history paintings, with a strong military theme, are in many private and public collections, including the Imperial War Museum, London and Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. He has shown widely in UK and abroad, and has had one-man shows in Canada, London, Manchester, Lancaster and Bristol.

He has a PhD (1991) on First World War Art and his recent research covers the aesthetics of conflict, landscapes of dereliction and iconography of commemoration. He has published widely in art history, cultural geographies, material culture.

Between 1988 – 98 he presented, wrote and researched arts programmes for television and radio. For five years he hosted an arts magazine programme and has chaired six series of Canvas, a round table arts debate for television. He has also worked for ‘Kaleidoscope’ on Radio 4 and presented

‘The Art Show’ broadcast on BBC2 in May 1998.

He worked as presenter and associate producer on a number of televised documentaries: ‘Redundant Warrior: an award winning profile of war photographer Don McCullin, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992, ‘The Secret History of Military Sketching’ (1995) and ‘Leaving Sarajevo’ (1997).


BA (HONS) Wolverhampton Polytechnic

Current Post & Teaching

Dean, Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, UWE, Bristol
PhD students

Current Research

The representation of peace: Landscapes of peace
Monumentalism, memorials and objects of national /civic identity
Gardens of remembrance /peace

Indicative Publications

Chapters in books

  • 1993
    • Gough, P.J.The Empty Battlefield: Painters and the First World War, Imperial War Museum Review, no.8, Imperial War Museum/Leo Cooper, 4 b & w, 4 colour illus. pp. 38 – 47, ISBN 0-901627-99-2
  • 1995
    • Gough, P.J.‘Tales from the Bushy-Topped Tree’: A Brief Survey of Military Sketching Imperial War Museum Review No. 10, November, pp 62 – 73, 7 b & w, 4 colour illus. Imperial War Museum/Leo Cooper, ISBN 1 870423 19 4
  • 1996
    • Gough, P.J. ‘The Experience of British Artists in the Great War’, in Facing Armageddon: The Great War Experienced, Editors Peter Liddle and Hugh Cecil, Pen and Sword/Leo Cooper, June, ISBN 0 -850525063
  • 1997
    • Gough, P.J.‘An Epic of Mud’: Artistic Interpretations of Third Ypres, in Passchendaele in Perspective: the 3rd Battle of Ypres, editor Peter Liddle, chapter 25, 4 b & w illus, Leo Cooper, August.
    • Gough, P.J. ‘A War of the Imagination: the experience of British artists in two world wars’ for Lightning Strikes Twice, Leo Cooper
  • 2001
    • Gough, P.J. ‘Landscapes of War (and Peace)’ in Monuments and the Millennium James and James / English Heritage, 228 – 236, 4 x b and w illus. ISBN 1-873936 – 97-4
    • Gough P.J. ‘Through the wrong end of the telescope’: Military Drawing and British War artists, 1914- 1918′ in Peindre Ia Grande Guerre 1914- 1918, Cahiers d’etudes et de recherches du Musee de’I’Armee, Paris, 97 – 111, 4 b and w illus, ISBN 2-901418-26-0
  • 2000
    • Gough P.J. ‘Modernism and Monumentalism: Canada’s part in the development of memorial architecture’ in Canadian Military History since the 17th century (ed. Yves Trembley) pp.507 – 511. Proceedings of the Canadian Military History Conference, Ottawa, 5-9 May, published by Directorate of History and Heritage, Canada.

Papers in refereed journals

  • 1993
    • Gough P.J. The Avenue of War, Journal of the Landscape Research Group, vol.18, no.2, 15 b & w illus. pp 78 – 90, ISSN 0142-6397
  • 1996
    • Gough P.J. Conifers and Commemoration; The Politics and Protocol of Planting in Military Cemeteries, Journal of the Landscape Research Group, Vol 21, No. 1, pp 73 – 87, 10 b & w illus. and front cover, ISSN 0142 – 6397
    • Gough P.J. Canada, Conflict and Commemoration: An Appraisal of the new Canadian War Memorial Canadian Military History, Canadian War Museum/Wilfred Laurier University Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Vol.5, no.1, pp 26- 34, 1 col, 8 b & w illus, ISSN 1195- 8472
  • 1998
    • Gough P.J. War Memorial Gardens as Dramaturgical Space, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol. 3 No. 4 pp 199 – 214, 16 b & w illus. plus cover, ISSN 1352 – 7258
    • Gough P.J. Dead Lines: Codified Drawing and Scopic Vision Point: Art and Design Research Journal, Autumn/Winter, No.6, 1998 pp 34 – 41 ISSN 1360 3477
  • 2000
    • Gough P.J. From Heroes’ Groves to Parks of Peace, Journal of the Landscape Research Group, Vol.25, no. 2, pp 213 – 229, 8 b & w illus., ISSN 0142 – 6397

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1998
    • Dead Ground and Other Sites of Memory, Scott Gallery Lancaster University, (solo)
    • Hill 57 and Other Man-made Mounds, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, (solo)
  • 1998-1999
    • 60 – Images of Venerated Sites Canadian War Museum Ottawa, (solo)
  • 1999
    • Harlech Biennale, Harlech, N. Wales
  • 2001
    • The Discerning Eye, (Critic’s selection) Mall Galleries, London
    • Drawings and other larger works, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon
    • Loci Memoriae, Watershed, Bristol and Architecture Centre, Bristol UK.


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