Spike Bucklow made special effects for films and TV, including Star Wars (VI) and Spitting Image. He now teaches Conservation Science at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

His books include: The Alchemy of Paint, The Riddle of the Image, Red and The Anatomy of Riches. They mainly draw upon his work in the conservation studio.

He is currently writing a book about studio-craft (working title:The Natural History of Painting) which will hopefully draw on his film and TV experience as well as his work on Old Masters.