Pip Dickens has a Masters in Fine Art from The Slade School of Art (UCL, London) graduating in 2000. She has been a Visiting Lecturer and part-time lecturer on numerous Fine Art degree courses. Dickens is a painter concerned with visual perception, in particular, examining and challenging theories and methodologies of 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. She is interested in playing with ideas of extremes and visual confusion - a kind of "terrible beauty". She regularly shows her work in London and has also exhibited in San Francisco at The Business Arts Council, at San Francisco Marina and with Alina Sandhu's private gallery Tangent Contemporary Art. Prior to studying art (1978-1985) she worked extensively across the Middle East from the relatively young age of seventeen until her mid-twenties. She perceives this period of her life as critical to her outlook as an artist. She was shortlisted for the NatWest Art Prize in 1997 and was the recipient of the Jeremy Cubitt Prize (Slade School of Fine Art). She 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 recent, substantial, solo touring exhibition 'Toward the Light: Pip Dickens' at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford toured to The Brindley Arts Centre, Cheshire. The exhibition was supported by an Arts Council of England grant. In 2010-2011 she was the Leverhulme Trust Award Artist in Residence at the University of Huddersfield, Department of Music collaborating with composer, Monty Adkinson 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. 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’ s planned of Japanese-influenced paintings at Rugby Art Gallery, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.