My research to date has focused on themes of masculinity and home in post-war British art. My book - Art And Masculinity in Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home - was published by Bloomsbury in November 2019. It traces how artists represented home and masculinities in the period of social and personal reconstruction after the Second World War in Britain. It 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 traumas of wartime. Artists examined in the book include John Bratby, Francis Bacon, Keith Vaughan, Francis Newton Souza, Victor Pasmore, and Gilbert & George. Case studies featured range from the nuclear family and the body, to the nation. Combined, they present an argument that art enables an understanding of post-war reconstruction as a temporally unstable, long-term phenomenon which placed conceptions of home and masculinity at the heart of its aims.
My next research project addresses the transnational histories of queer art from Britain since the 1960s. Scholarship, exhibitions, and popular publications on queer British art history and queer British history have, to date, largely had a national focus. But queer art from Britain has also been fundamentally shaped by lingering histories of colonialism, the impacts of decolonisation, and global migrations. Currently, I am using kinship to think about the kinds of relationships and networks, connections and disconnections, and recognition and misrecognition that emerge when we think about queer art from Britain in this wider, transnational framework. I am working on a book that will draw out the queer transnational histories that shaped and are articulated in the art of David Hockney, David Medalla, Howard Hodgkin, Sunil Gupta, and Rotimi Fani-Kayode, amongst others.