Approved: 16.08.2006

Pip Dickens

Artist, Writer, Lecturer / academic

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I am painter concerned with visual perception. Formal notions of light and movement within the second dimension. In addition, the concept of illusion and double meaning are particularly important. The notion that we may receive two contrasting visual experiences from a single visual stimulant. I am interested in playing with ideas of extremes and visual confusion - a kind of terrible beauty. Influences

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  • Location: Lancaster, North West
  • Activities: Art historical research, Workshops, Built environment, Public art
  • Categories: Publication, Architecture, Drawing, Painting
 
 

Biography

I am painter concerned with visual perception. Formal notions of light and movement within the second dimension. In addition, the concept of illusion and double meaning are particularly important. The notion that we may receive two contrasting visual experiences from a single visual stimulant. I am interested in playing with ideas of extremes and visual confusion - a kind of terrible beauty. Influences Natural phenomenon, optical art, abstract, plasticity, transparency, film noir, literary and cinematic devices. Career path Painter (Masters from the Slade in 2000). I have exhibited nationally and abroad. Recent projects include residencies, commissions, a touring exhibition, and working with architects on public art design commissions. My practice is heavily based on literary research. I have been a Part-Time Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer on various BA courses. Co-author of 'Shibusa - Extracting Beauty' examining Japanese aesthetics, synergy between music and painting and hand skills versus/high-tech approaches to art practice (published by University of Huddersfield Press (ISBN-13: 978-1-86218-101-4) published in March 2012. I am Lecturer in Fine Art (Painting) at Lancaster University. My practice is currently based in lancaster and Yorkshire. I have works in a variety of private, corporate and public art collections.

CV & Education

Solo Exhibitions

                

2013  ‘Pip Dickens - SCREEN’ Rugby Art Gallery, (jun-sep 2013), supported by Arts Council England

2013  ‘Pip Dickens’, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2012  ‘Toward the Light by Pip Dickens’, The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire (TOURING SOLO EXHIBITION)

2012  ‘Patterns of Shadows  – Pip Dickens’, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation London.

2012  ‘Pip Dickens: New Works’ The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds

2011  'Hajime - The Beginning...', with Sound compositions by Professor Monty Adkins, Creative Arts Building, University of Huddersfield

2010  ‘Towards The Light: Pip Dickens’, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford (supported by the Arts Council of England and Museums, Libraries and Archives Council). (TOURING SOLO EXHIBITION)

2008  ‘Fabrications’, Brahm Gallery, Leeds

2001  ‘Pip Dickens’, Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art (ELGIN), London, UK

2000  ‘Pip Dickens’, Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art (ELGIN), London, UK

1998  ‘Pip Dickens’, Yorkshire Television Studios, Leeds, UK

 

Two-Person Exhibitions

Where marked (*) Performances of sound compositions by Professor Monty Adkins based on Pip Dickens paintings where film projections of paintings by the artist have been used.

 

2010  *‘Fabrications after Pip Dickens’ performed at New York Electronic Music Festival, *‘Fabrications after Pip Dickens’ performed at the Dualities Festival, Missouri, USA

*‘Fabrications after Pip Dickens’ performed at the C.H.A.T. Festival, UNC, North Carolina, USA

*‘Fabrications after Pip Dickens’ performed at Leeds College of Music

2009  *’Fabrications after Pip Dickens’, performed at The Flykingen Institute Stockholm, Sweden

*‘Fabrications after Pip Dickens’ performed at the Zeppe lin Festival, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain

2002  ‘Oil & Stone: Paintings of Pip Dickens and Sculpture of Deveren Bowman’, East 73rd Gallery, London

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2014  Celebrating Figuration & Abstraction: Elvira Bach - Pip Dickens - Gernot Kissel (1939 – 2008),  exhibition collaboration between Vera Schuhmacher Fine Art and Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy, London.

2014  The Festival Gallery, at The Studios, Cheshire Works by Michael Craig-Martin, Suzanne Treister, Willie Doherty, Brian Fell, Ralph McGaul, Elizabeth Stuart Smith, Pip Dickens and James Quin

2013  Brighton Art Fair 2013, Renée Pfister, Art & Gallery Consultancy, Brighton

2013  Fulham Palace Art Fair 2013,Renée Pfister, Art & Gallery Consultancy, London

2013  ‘Art at The Yard’ pop up exhibition,The Festival Gallery, Manchester

2012  'Brittle Crazie Glasse', Islington Mill, Salford curated by Man & Eve Gallery London

2011  'Colour in Art', Beldam Gallery, Brunel University West London, London (invited artist)

2010  ‘Twelve Constellations’, Vulpes Vulpes, London

2009  'Porno-Graph' , Brass Gallery, Leeds (4 Dec-29 Jan 2010)

2009  ‘Art Auction for the Medical Foundation For the Care of Victims of Torture’, Royal Institute of Great Britain, London
2009  Pre-Auction Viewing Exhibition of Medical Foundation Art Auction (see above) at John McAslan + Partners, London

2009  'A Room with a View', Gallery II, University of Bradford

2009  'On Your Wall' , Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds

2008  ‘A Feast for the Eyes’, Gallery II, University of Bradford

2007  ‘MILL’, Monika Bobinska Gallery,  London

2006  Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, curated by Alan Kluckow, London,

2004  ‘Nocturnal’, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2004  ‘Double Take’, The Business Arts Council, San Francisco, USA

2004  ‘Edna’, Retrospective of past winners of the Edna Lumb Art Travel Award, Leeds Metropolitan University

2003  In the Mix’, Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco Marina, USA

2003  ‘Starting A Collection’, Art First, Cork Street, London

2003  ‘Illusion’ – Pip Dickens James Lumsden & Tomoya Matsuzaki, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2002  ‘Ten’, bcontemporary, Newcomen Street, London

2002  ‘Sharon Ben-Tal, Pip Dickens and Laurel Hunter’, Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA

2002  Beneath The Surface II’, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2002  ‘Best of Art’, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

2002  ‘Beautiful & Unique’, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, UK

2001  ‘6th Debenhams Windows Exhibition’, Debenhams, Manchester, UK

2001  ‘Bittersweet’, (invited artist) at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK, curated by Roy Exley

2001  ‘FRESH ART’, Business Design Centre, London

1999  ‘Grrr!’, The Paper Bag Factory, London, UK

1998Edna Lumb Art Travel Award Retrospective’, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax, UK

 

Awards/Competitions

2012  Marmite Painting Prize: longlisted (final 50 for 2012 Prize catalogue)

2010  Inaugural Lecture: Leverhulme Artist in Residence, University of Huddersfield, December 2010

2010  The Leverhulme Trust Award – Artist in Residence at University of Huddersfield, Dept of Music

2009  Shortlisted (Painting) Celeste Prize 09

2009  Nominated artist: Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2009

2008  Short listed ‘Blackpool Illuminations Design Competition’ 2008

2001  Axis Sponsored Stand Award Winner, Fresh Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

2000  Jeremy Cubitt Prize (Slade School of Fine Art)

1997  Shortlisted NatWest Art Prize, London, UK

1995  Winner: Edna Lumb Art Travel Award, UK

 

Residencies & Research

2011  Commissioned Residency at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

2011  Research in Kyoto, Japan

2010-2011  Leverhulme Artist in Residence at University of Huddersfield, Department of Music

2009-2010  Artist in Residence, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, Yorkshire

1995  Research in Iceland


Selected Commissions & Projects

2013   East Meets West: Painting, Calligraphy and More by Gu Feng and Pip Dickens. Talk and Live Demonstration, Business Confucius Institute at University of Leeds

2010  'Femme Fatale’ drawings, The Arch Hotel, London

2007-8  Design for Integral external public art commission Piccadilly, London (MAKE architects)

2002  Selected works on show at The Box Works, Manchester, Urban Splash new development

 

Publications/Critical Reviews

Catalogue: ‘Pip Dickens – SCREEN’, with text by curator, Jessica Morgan, Pip Dickens and commissioned essay by David Sweet, ISBN 978-0-9550829-6-2

Review: ‘Pip Dickens – SCREEN’, Colour and precision from Orient in Warwickshire

12 Jul 2013 10:01 Julie Chamberlain explores a new exhibition influenced by cinematography and Japanese costume.

Review: ‘Pip Dickens – SCREEN’, review in a-n by Michael Shaw. http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/3539128

Review: ‘Pip Dickens: Patterns of Shadows’ by Luke Elwes at http://lukeelwes.squarespace.com

Book: ‘Shibusa – Extracting Beauty, by Pip Dickens and Professor Monty Adkins, ISBN-13: 978-1-86218-101-4, published by University of Huddersfield Press, February 2012

Preview: ‘Patterns of Shadows by Pip Dickens’, Eastern Art Report, January 2012

Catalogue: ‘Pip Dickens – New Works’  with text by curator, Layla Bloom, ISBN -13-978-1-874331-47-6

Review: DIG Yorkshire: Interview and review – Beautiful Boteh , January 2012

Feature Review:Yorkshire Post: ‘Home City Debut for Local Artist’, Friday, 19  January 2012, Culture section, p3

Invited Contributor: 'Exchange' magazine, Touring Exhibitions Group, front cover illustration and touring exhibition information, Spring 2012
Review: Dig Yorkshire, Highlight, 'Toward the Light by Pip Dickens', web review, 4 out of 5 star rating
Catalogue: Toward the Light - Pip Dickens, catalogue published by Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford 2010 ISBN 9780946657650
Critical Text: 'The Alchemy of the Surface: The Paintings of Pip Dickens', by Roy Exley, 2010
Surfacing Art Journal (online journal), April 2009
Catalogue: "I Follow My Art", catalogue, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, London, 2009
Feature interview: Yorkshire Today monthly magazine, April 2009
Invited  Contributor /seconds 9 : Vanishing Point: The Vicious and Virtuous Circle, the online journal of contemporary art and its research, 2008
Review, Blackpool Gazette, March 2008, p7
Preview, Metro, 2004
Review, Metro, 2004
Catalogue: 'Edna', published by Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, 2004
Invited contributor: The Leeds Guide,October 2004
Review: Dig Yorkshire, Highlights: 'Edna', web review, 2004
Invited contributor: 'Leeds versus London ', contemporary art & leisure scene comparison article for The Review: Leeds Guide, June 2002
Catalogue: 'Fresh Art', published by Fresh Art Fair, Business Design centre, London, p40
Catalogue: PIP DICKENS, published by Simba Print 2000, 2001
Review: Art Review, May 2001, p28
Preview, Art Review, February 2001, p24
Feature: Pip Dickens, Galleries magazine, February 2001, p17
Picture Story: Times Higher, May 22 1998, p7

 

Collections                                           

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, Yorkshire, UK

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, Leeds, Yorkshire

Numerous Private Collections UK and overseas

Corporate Collections:
Doyle Caygill Capital SA, Geneva, Switzerland
The Arch, London
Sovereign Capital, London, UK
 

Professional Experience
2011-2013  Judging Panel: Edna Lumb Art Travel Award

2012  Seminar: ‘Working with/in Japan’, The University for the Creative Arts, Surrey. Organised by Prof. Lesley Millar

2010 Inaugural Lecture at University of Huddersfield, Department of Music
2009 Judging Panel Bradford Open 09, art competition
2006 - 08 Part-Time lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University - BA (Hons) Fine Art Course
2006 Part-Time lecturer, Hull School of Art & Design - BA (Hons) Fine Art Course
2005 Visiting Lecturer, University of Lincoln - BA (Hons) Fine Art Course
Part-Time lecturer, Hull School of Art & Design - BA (Hons) Fine Art Course
2004 Part-Time lecturer, Hull School of Art & Design - BA (Hons) Fine Art Course
2004 Part-Time lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University - BA (Hons) Fine Art Course
2003, 2004 Visiting Lecturer, Leeds College of Art & Design - Foundation Course Fine Art
2002 Book cover design elements for 'A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes To The Great War' by Jon Atkin, published by Manchester University Press, ISBN 0-7190-6071-0
2002 Book design elements for 'Trade Wind Hitchers' by Nicola Russell, published by Seafarer Books ISBN 0-95381-802-0
2002 Slade Undergraduate teaching experience
1999 Publicity Organiser  Grrr! exhibition at the Paper Bag Factory, Deptford, London, UK
1996-1998 Marketing Officer, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery & Studio Theatre, Leeds, UK including launch of 'The Ugly Show' and other PHOTO 98 projects plus design/direction for all marketing and publicity material

 

You can read a Biography at http://www.pip-dickens.com/biography.html

You can read selected Reviews at http://www.pip-dickens.com/reviews.html

You can read about my co-authored book ‘Shibusa – Extracting Beauty’ at my Blogspot http://pip-dickens.blogspot.co.uk/