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Dr Spike Bucklow

About Spike

Spike has a BSc in Chemistry (Southampton, 1978), a Masters in Knowledge-based Computing (South Bank, 1988), and a PhD in History of Art (Cambridge, 1996). He worked in TV (Spitting Image) and films (Star Wars) in the 1980s. 

Spike is Director of Research at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, where he also teaches post-graduate courses. His QEST Scholarship helped him undertake a PhD at Cambridge, supervised by the historian of colour, John Gage. This has enabled him to integrate the academic and craft worlds in conservation.

Spike has overseen work on England’s oldest altarpiece, the Westminster Retable, and its best preserved altarpiece, the Thornham Parva Retable. He has written and edited a number of books on the craft of the medieval painter and also intends to research and write about the craft of painting in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

S. Bucklow, Children of Mercury, Painters’ Lives, Reaktion, 2021
S. Bucklow, The Anatomy of Riches, Sir Robert Paston, Reaktion, 2018
S. Bucklow, Red, The Art and Science of a Colour, Reaktion, 2016
S. Bucklow, The Riddle of the Image, Medieval Art, Reaktion, 201
S. Bucklow, The Alchemy of Paint, Medieval Science, Marion Boyars, 2009

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