Lecturer in Fine Art - Painting Pip Dickens

Specialist areas

  • Painting
  • Colour
  • Cinematic Themes
  • Japanese art
  • Light
  • Senses in art practice
  • artist studios
  • Katagami stencils
  • Wordless Novels (Lynd Ward) Collector
  • Teaching Painting Organisation Steering Committee Member




Pip Dickens (b. 1962) is a painter concerned with visual perception, in particular, examining and challenging theories and methodologies of colour reception, light and movement within the second dimension. She studied her Masters at The Slade School of Fine Art (UCL).

Concepts of illusion and double meaning are recurring themes - The notion that we may receive two contrasting visual (or intellectual) responses to a single stimulant. She is interested in playing with ideas of extremes and visual confusion - a kind of "terrible beauty".

Her painting methodology is determined by the subject matter and often juxtaposes conventional painting techniques with innovative methods to create unusual surfaces, layers and textures. Depth and surface contrasts are particularly important in her work.

Her work draws upon many sources from natural phenomena to the darker elements of phantasmagoria, from opacity to transparency, from rhythms within music to pattern structures in nature, from cinematic devices to literary sources.

Although common themes connect individual investigations, she dispels a singular stylistic approach in preference for innovating and testing new methodologies as a direct response to the subject matter.


In 2010-2011 she was the Leverhulme Trust Award Artist in Residence at the University of Huddersfield, Department of Music collaborating with composer, Professor Monty Adkins on synergy between music and painting through research of Japanese aesthetics. 

She also undertook research in Kyoto and co-authored a book ‘Shibusa - Extracting Beauty’ with Adkins.

Resultant works were exhibited in a solo exhibition at Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London in 2012.

In addition to her painting practice she has worked with Ken Shuttleworth’s architectural practice, Make Architects, on a design treatment for a major integral public art commission for a development in London.

Her work has been purchased by numerous private and public collections including architects, commercial, leisure and financial institutions.

In 2013 a substantial solo exhibition ‘Pip Dickens - SCREEN’ comprising newly commissioned and recent paintings influenced by Japanese aesthetics and photochemical cinematic references showcased at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum and was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

In January 2014 a painting from the ‘Toward the Light’ solo exhibition was purchased for the permanent Collection at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Yorkshire.

She recently contributed to a new publication Sensory Arts and Design, edited by Ian Heywood which launches in 2017 and is published by Bloomsbury in its Sensory Studies series.  Her chapter 'A Choreography of the Senses: The Painter's Studio explores what goes on in artists' retreats and how a range of senses are utilised in them.  http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sensory-arts-and-design-9781474280211/

Latest posts:


    Untitled, paint on paper, copyright Pip Dickens   FULLY AWAKE is the second in a series of a multi-exhibition project organised by ‘Teaching Painting’ group.  Venue: House For An Art Lover, Glasgow 2nd — 18th November 2017 Private View: Friday, 3rd November 2017 from 6.30pm The entire FULLY AWAKE exhibition cycle …

11 Nov 2017 in Exhibition

Out of the Shadows… The Wordless Graphic Novels of Lynd Ward

  Scanned image from Lynd Ward’s ‘God’s Man’. Copyright Pip Dickens Comics and Graphic Novels ReOPeN (Research, Outreach & Pedagogy Network) at Lancaster University Invited blog contributor to newly launched Comics and Graphic Novels ReOPeN (Research, Outreach & Pedagogy Network) at Lancaster University. The article focuses on American artist, Lynd Ward, who …

10 Oct 2017 in Article tagged with: & & & &

MIRRORS — Pip Dickens: Solo Exhibition of New Works

Mirror Head 2, oil on canvas, copyright Pip Dickens   MIRRORS – PIP DICKENS A solo exhibition of new exploratory paintings by Pip Dickens This new exhibition of paintings by artist, Pip Dickens, explores the phenomenon of mirrors and how we might see ourselves reflected in them. She examines the …

10 Oct 2017 in Exhibition

A Responsive Anthology|AFTERGLOW

Vignette/Dream Scene — SCREEN SERIES, oil on canvas, copyright Pip Dickens Yorkshire Art Journal — Volume III A Responsive Anthology |  AFTERGLOW Publication Date: June 2015 Related posts: In Light of Monochrome | Exhibition and Symposium Patterns of Shadows SCREEN : Pip Dickens What is Creativity?

03 Jun 2015 in Journal