Spike Bucklow 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.

All of which has coloured The Alchemy of Paint and The Riddle of the Image.

detail of the Macclesfield Psalter MS 1-2005 fol.190r, reproduced with the permission of the Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge