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Painterly

Painterly refers to the application of paint in a 'loose' or less than controlled manner, resulting in the appearance of ...

Painting

Painting is the practice of applying paint or other media to a surface, usually with a brush

Palette

A palette is a smooth, flat surface on which artists set out and mix their colours before painting, often designed ...

Pan-Africanism

The term pan-Africanism refers to an ideology of racial solidarity with Africa and its diaspora formed in the mid-nineteenth century

Panel

A panel is a rigid support or surface for painting on

Paper

Paper is made from matted plant fibres made into sheet form either by hand (traditional) or machine (modern) and used ...

Papier collé

French term which translates as pasted paper, papier collé is a specific form of collage that is closer to drawing ...

Participatory art

Participatory art is a term that describes a form of art that directly engages the audience in the creative process ...

Pastel

Pastel is a coloured drawing medium made from pure coloured pigment mixed with a binder to form a stick

Patina

The word patina usually refers to a distinct green or brown surface layer on bronze sculpture

Pendant

A pendant picture is one of two pictures designed to hang together as a matching pair

Penwith Society of Arts

Penwith Society of Arts is an artists' society formed in 1948 at St Ives, Cornwall, Britain by artists working in ...

Performance art

Artworks that are created through actions performed by the artist or other participants, which may be live or recorded, spontaneous ...

Performativity

The term performativity describes the interdependent relationship between certain words and actions – as when a word or sentence implies ...

Perspective

The term perspective refers to the representation of objects in three-dimensional space (i.e. for representing the visible world) on ...

PESTS

PESTS was an anonymous protest and pressure group of artists operating in New York in the 1980s who aimed to ...

Photobook

The photobook is a book of photographs by a photographer that has an overarching theme or follows a storyline – ...

Photogram

A photogram is a photographic print made by laying objects onto photographic paper and exposing it to light

Photography

Photography refers to the process or practice of creating a photograph – an image produced by the action of light ...

Photojournalism

Photojournalism is a form of journalism which tells a news story through powerful photography which traditionally are black and white ...

Photomontage

A photomontage is a collage constructed from photographs

Photorealism

Photorealism is a painting style that emerged in Europe and the USA in the late 1960s, characterised by its painstaking ...

Picture plane

A picture plane refers to the physical surface of the painting

Pictures generation

The name pictures generation was given to a group of American artists who came of age in the early 1970s ...

Picturesque

The word picturesque refers to an ideal type of landscape that has an artistic appeal, in that it is beautiful ...

Pittura Metafisica

Early twentieth century Italian art movement typified by dream-like views of eerie arcaded squares with unexpected juxtapositions of objects (English ...

Plane

A plane surface is a flat surface, and any distinct flat surface within a painting or sculpture can be referred ...

Plaster of Paris

The material plaster of Paris is a fine white powder which, when mixed with water, forms a white solid

Plein air

The French term plein air means out of doors and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures out ...

Plinth

A plinth is a heavy base or box on which a sculpture stands or is presented