Pip Dickens is the Leverhulme Trust Award Artist in Residence at the University of Huddersfield, Department of Music. Pip is a painter concerned with visual perception, in particular examining and challenging theories and methodologies of light and movement within the second dimension. She completed a Masters in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art (UCL); was shortlisted for the NatWest Art Prize in 1997 and is the recipient of the Jeremy Cubitt Prize (Slade School of Fine Art). Dickens won the Edna Lumb Art Travel Prize in 1995 where she travelled to Iceland. She was a nominee for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2009 and shortlisted for the Celeste Painting Prize 2009.
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 approach in preference for innovating and testing new methodologies as a direct response to the subject matter.