Spike Bucklow’s research interests fall into two broad categories – visual perception and artists’ techniques. Research into visual perception includes work on formal connoisseurship of paintings to the classification of technical imagery. Research into artists’ techniques includes theoretical and practical work on pigment recipes. Whilst specialising in pre-twentieth century art, he has particular interest in medieval and early modern painting.
Spike has always enjoyed painting but has never been a painter. He has been a steel-worker in Australia, a farm-labourer in Sweden, has quarried potato-stones in Somerset and made special effects for films and TV, including Star Wars (VI) and Spitting Image. He did a degree in Chemistry, gained a diploma in Artificial Intelligence, a masters in Painting Conservation and a doctorate in Art History.