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Dr Ian Greig

Postgraduate Coordinator

BVA (Hons), PhD (SASA)
+612 9339 8744

Dr Ian Greig is a painter with a PhD in aesthetics. He is a graduate of the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, where he was awarded the University Medal and an Australian Postgraduate Award. Since 1998 he has taught AH&T, Painting and Drawing at the South Australian School of Art and since 2004 at the National Art School, where he is currently the MFA Coordinator and lecturer in Honours AH&T and Research Methods.

His 2002 PhD thesis “The Aesthetics of the Sublime in 20thC Physics” explored the aesthetic dimensions of physics and found a new location for Kant’s theory of the sublime. It was praised by its three international examiners as ‘ambitious and original groundbreaking research’, with Professor Paul Crowther declaring it a ‘substantial contribution to our knowledge’ and ‘exactly the kind of thing we need.’

Since 1998 he has held 16 solo exhibitions and his paintings have won numerous awards, including the Santos Whyalla Contemporary Art Prize; the Nexus Fleurieu International Visual Art Scholarship; and the University of South Australia Art Purchase prize. He is currently represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney; and Greenhill Galleries, Perth.

Areas of Specialisation: 

Ian’ studio practice specialises in painting and drawing. Ian’s academic interests revolve around the metaphysics of representation, with a particular interest in the various confluences of art, science and philosophy within contemporary discourse. His scholarly focus is the continuing influence of Kant’s philosophy of the sublime and the manifestation of the aesthetic impulse of Romanticism within modern thought. He has presented on his research at national and international conferences, including the International Society for Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Texas in 2003, and the Art and Metaphysics conference at International University of Bremen in 2006.  His most recent publication is a book chapter, “Quantum Romanticism: The Aesthetics of the Sublime in David Bohm’s Philosophy of Physics” in Hoffmann and White, Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science (New York: OUP, 2011). 

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

MFA Research Methods
MFA Critical Reading Seminar
MFA Supervision

Office location: Building 22, National Art School
Phone: +612 9339 8744