My name is Vanessa Brassey.

I am a Doctor of Philosophy and a Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College, London where I teach undergraduate students Ethics, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Health and Wellbeing. I also teach MA students, Ethics and Philosophy of Art. My research lies at the intersection of the Philosophy of Art and the Philosophy of Perception. In my thesis, 'What Makes a Painting sad?', I investigate the expression of emotion in paintings. The systematic question animating my thesis is: what are the conditions that make seeing emotions in a painting possible? The answer involves unpacking an under-theorised feature of the phenomenon, namely perspective. The thesis includes the usual romp through the existing literature. See the video below for a 30 second preview.


I am also the Co-Director for the Centre for Philosophy & Visual Art which you can find out more about here

And finally, I paint. I catalogue my pictures on instagram and over here . Please email for enquiries/commissions/orders. I ship internationally. 

(Sold) 'Mount Richie'

Oil paint on copper panel

27 cm by 21 cm approx