Dr Gregory Salter

Photograph of Dr Gregory Salter

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Lecturer in History of Art

Contact details

Room 105, Strathcona Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a specialist in British art after 1945. My research to date has focused on home and masculinity, and I am developing new projects on migration/exhibitions in Britain and queer global encounters after 1945.


  • PhD University of East Anglia
  • MA Courtauld Institute of Art
  • BA University of Aberdeen


I came to Birmingham having taught at Birkbeck, University of London on the London Semester Programme and at CAPA The Global Education Network. I have also taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Queen Mary, and the University of East Anglia.

Between 2013 and 2015 I was Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in East London, where I worked with the Documenting Homes Collection (a unique archive of material on home in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries). I completed my PhD at UEA in 2013.


In 2016-17, I am convening the MA module Criticism and Methods, three second-year undergraduate modules - American Art In The 1960s, Research Techniques, and Object And Medium 2 - and the first year module Study Skills.

I also contribute to teaching on the undergraduate modules Debates And Methods In Art History and Art And Its Contexts.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students hoping to undertake research relating to my research and teaching interests.


My research to date as focused on the themes of home and masculinity in post-war British art. This work emerged out of my PhD thesis and post-doctoral work at the Geffrye. I have published numerous articles on this work and I am currently completing a monograph titled Reconstructing Home: Painting And Male Identity In Post-War Britain. This book considers home as an unstable entity at this historical moment, imbued with the optimism and hopes of post-war recovery, while continuing to resonate with the memories and anxieties of wartime. It argues that artworks offer insights into the experience of the reconstruction of home in Britain in this period, in that they make visible and help to negotiate these contradictions. It focuses on John Bratby, Francis Bacon, Keith Vaughan, Victor Pasmore, and Gilbert and George.

My new research projects focus on two areas:

Migration and Identity in British Art and Exhibitions, 1945-present: This project will explore the histories of migrant artists in Britain through case studies of individual artists or groups and their exhibitions at and relationships with particular institutions. The aim here is not to create an alternative history of post-war British art, but to create a more complex picture of the activities and networks of artists in this period. Case studies will include Francis Newton Souza, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Li Yuan Chia, the BLK Art Group, and Chris Ofili.

Queer Culture and Global Encounters After 1945: The focus of this project are the queer global encounters of British-based cultural figures after 1945. The aim is to place the emergence of post-war culture in Britain with decolonisation, migration, and globalisation. As LGBTQ identities become an increasingly visible tool of political negotiation on the global stage (for Britain and other western nations in particular), this project would provide a history that sets the emergence of queer culture in a global context. Case studies will include Francis Bacon and David Hockney in North Africa, Howard Hodgkin, Derek Jarman, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Other activities

I am Welfare Officer at Birmingham for 2016-17.


‘Francis Bacon and Queer Intimacy in Post-War London’, Visual Culture in Britain, (special issue ‘Queer Creative Cultures and Lifestyles in Britain c. 1885-1967’, edited by Reina Lewis and Andrew Stephenson) Vol. 18, No. 1 (forthcoming: March 2017).

‘Memories of Kinship in Keith Vaughan’s Post-War Paintings’, Art History, Vol. 38, No. 3 (June 2015), pp. 536-61.

‘Cold War At Home: John Bratby In The 1950s’ in British Art In The Nuclear Age, ed. Catherine Jolivette (Ashgate: Farnham, 2014), pp. 151-69.