Process Painting With Pigments and Phosphorescence

by Peter Dickinson on 6th October 1999

Peter introduced a fascinating insight into his work from his early days at Chelsea Art College, London. After receiving a First Honours Degree he spent a short time in Greece where he worked in performance and sculpture. On his return to Bristol he became involved with Bristol University's chemistry department. Peter was fascinated by pigments and was keen to experiment with new pigments and colours. He was given a treasure trove of materials from the University to experiment with; he expressed how exciting he felt this to be as he was now working with pigment never used before. It later surfaced that many of the pigments that he had used were quite dangerous.

His particular interest was with iridescent pigments and on his move to Bath he concentrated on developing his painting and in particular his long held quest for `what a painting was'. His particular interests surrounded the hierarchy of colours. Some of his earlier work reflected the Indian idea of flaps which surrounded a painting, these were made of hand dyed canvas and hessian ropes. This allowed the picture to be viewed in many ways.

Peter showed many slides of his experiments with pigments and colour compositions; one particular painting demonstrated a complex interplay of visible light pigments and phosphorescent dyes. This fascination with phosphorescent paint led him to be selected to participate in the UK '98 Festival in Japan representing British art. His continuing experimentation suggests a development of colour composition through the use of these high technology dyes.

Paul Birkeland-Green