Robert Pepperell investigates the nature of perceptual awareness through philosophical inquiry, scientific experimentation, and painting and drawing.


He studied at the Slade School of Art in London, has exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Barbican Gallery, Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, the ICA, and the Millennium Dome, and published several books, including The Posthuman Condition (1995 and 2003) and The Postdigital Membrane (with Michael Punt, 2000), as well as articles, reviews and papers. He is Professor of Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design.


Pepperell’s paintings and drawings are the result of intensive experimentation in materials and methods designed to evoke a very specific, though elusive, state of mind. The works induce a disrupted perceptual condition in which what we see cannot be matched with what we know. Instead of a recognisable depiction the viewer is presented with — what the art historian Dario Gamboni has called — a ‘potential image’, that is, a complex multiplicity of possible images, none of which ever finally resolves.


More recent work attempts to capture the experience of looking at objects in the world using a new form of ‘natural perspective’ based on the structure of human vision. The aim is not simply to record what is in the world, but what is it like to visually experience the world.


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Paradox 1, 2005, Oil on panel, 46cm x 60cm
St Jerome, 2005, Chalk on paper, 42cm x 59cm
Fragrance, 2005, Oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm
The Spies, 2005, Chalk on paper,42cm x 59cm
Succulus, 2005, Oil on panel, 122cm x 122cm
The Seminary, 2002, Graphite on paper, 42cm x 53cm
Open Day, 2005, Oil on canvas, 36cm x 45cm
Exodus, 2002, Chalk on paper, 42cm x 53cm
Became, 2005, Oil on panel, 30cm x 40cm
Taken, 2005, Chalk on paper, 42cm x 59cm

© 2015 Robert Pepperell