The Offing, 2011, 41 cm (H) x 46 cm (W), Oil on Canvas
Composition #8, 2012, 41 cm (H) x 46 cm (W), Oil on Hand-dyed and Washed Canvas
Emulsion, 2013, 44 cm (H) x 46 cm (W), Oil on Canvas
Flash-back, 2013, 44.3 cm (H) x 46 cm (W), Oil on Canvas
Born in 1962, Pip Dickens 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.
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.