About Pip Dickens


Pip Dickens

Girl with a Red Bow, oil on card, 2018, copyright Pip Dickens

Pip Dickens (b. 1962) is a painter.  She has a Masters in Fine Art from The Slade School of Art, University College London, graduating in 2000. She is Lecturer in Fine Art (Painting) at Lancaster University and Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.


She has had many solo and group exhibitions (see Exhibitions) and her work is in numerous public, commercial and private collections in the UK and overseas including drawings in the Prints & Drawings Collection at the British Museum and paintings in the Bradford Museums and Galleries collection and The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds.

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.

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.  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.