Alexander Pollard


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Research interests

Alexander James Pollard's research explores the mythic potential of painting and the power of "fictioning" as a methodology, through a practice-based form of inquiry.

Pollard is an ex-pupil of the Brighton Steiner School and is deeply interested in intuitive voices within painting practice. His research and pedagogic methods include holistic, intuitive painting techniques similar to those taught by Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), which he continues to teach through “Clairvoyance of Painting Workshops” (Folkestone 2018).

Within his studio practice Pollard has created fictional painting movements, which are modernisms that have never occurred ("Paleo Fauvism" – Folkestone 2018). By doing this Pollard imagines an alternative past and speculative future for painting. He has also utilised "implied authorship" and "fictioning" through the creation and use of painting avatars. Sometimes working in collaboration, Pollard has created imagined or fictionalised bodies of work by historical figures such as Aleister Crowley, Charles Dawson, and Henry Thomas de la Beche, among others, to conjure up alternative, occultish, esoteric, and supersensible realities.

Pollard collides seemingly disparate voices and themes, producing creative “ruptures” that embrace the genuinely "odd", "weird" and "eccentric" within image making. Essentially, his mytho-memetic paintings eloquently explore speculative futures, colliding them with ghostly residues of the past. 

Alexander James Pollard studied BA (Hons) Painting and Drawing at Glasgow School of Art (1996-99). His MPhil titled A Genealogy of Bad Painting – Legacies, Soft Objects and Networks was undertaken at Goldsmiths College, London (2017). He is currently a PhD candidate at Kingston University in London, where he is developing a project titled - The Clairvoyance of Painting: Will Supersensible Worlds Return to Haunt Future Art Histories? A science-fiction novel that explores the future role of intuition within painting.

In 2005 Pollard represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale. Other solo exhibitions include: Paleo Fauvism, Hop Projects, Folkestone (2018), Jungle, Celine Gallery, Glasgow (2017), WoW Paintings, Young Team HQ, London (2016), Black Marks, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2007). Group exhibitions include Counter Facture at Luhring Augustine, New York in 2007, the Santorini Biennale in 2012 and The Irregular Correct – New Art from Glasgow at the Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, Australia (2012).  He worked as a lecturer in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art (2006-2013) and a Lecturer in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL) (2013-14). He now works at The University of Brighton (2014 - present), where he is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Painting and MA Fine Art.

His work is held in major international private and public collections including: 

Arts Council of England

Scottish National Gallery

Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

The Government Art Collection


Education/Academic qualification

Master, Goldsmiths College, London

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2017

Bachelor, Glasgow School of Art

1 Sep 19961 Sep 1999


  • ND Painting
  • Bad Painting
  • Soft-Object-Painting
  • Paleo Art
  • Paleo Fauvism
  • Speculative Futures
  • Object-Orientated-Ontologies
  • Flattened Ontologies
  • Animism
  • Collaboration
  • Contemporary Art
  • Implied Authorship
  • Post-Internet Art
  • Intuition in Painting
  • Clairvoyance of Painting
  • Myth-Science
  • Myths
  • Anthroposcene
  • Dinosaurs
  • Art Brut
  • Eighties Painting
  • Neo-Geo
  • Neo-Expressionism
  • Martin Kippenberger
  • Network Painting
  • Critical Painting
  • Painting Avatar
  • Avatar
  • Scottish Painting
  • Rudolf Steiner
  • Anthroposophy
  • Practice-Based Research
  • Painting
  • Contemporary Painting
  • Atemporality
  • FIctioning
  • Residual Mining
  • The Occult
  • Aleister Crowley
  • Charles Dawson
  • Henry Thomas De la Beche
  • Post-Colonialism
  • Minor Modernism
  • New Materialism
  • Premodernisms
  • Neo-medievalisms
  • Secret Modernisms
  • Argots
  • Hauntology
  • Magic
  • Angus MacInnes
  • archetypes
  • Expressionism
  • Animals
  • Science-FIction
  • Alternative Modernisms
  • Philip Guston
  • Lee Lozano

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 15 Exhibition
  • 5 Book - authored
  • 1 Master's Thesis

Aleister Crowley and Charles Dawson: The Order of the Dawn Man by Luke Pendrell and Alexander James Pollard

Pollard, A. & Pendrell, L., 1 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) 40 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored


Emotionorama: curated by Andrew Hunt and Andro Semeiko

Pollard, A., 2019

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition

Creative Process

Time Donut

Pollard, A., 2019

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


ASP 4: Artist's Self-Publishing Fair

Pollard, A. & Pendrell, L., 9 Dec 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition

Implied Author

Extinction Event

Pollard, A., 7 Nov 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition


Activities 2015 2018

  • 2 Invited talk

The Clairvoyance of Painting Workshop

Alexander Pollard (Presenter), Tomas Poblete (Presenter)
14 Oct 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Capitalist Artist Scum - Caledonian Dreamtine: The Bad Paintings of Angus MacInnes

Alexander Pollard (Presenter)
11 Nov 2015

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk