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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 the …

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