Pery Burge

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Pery Burge
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Pery Burge
Born Peronel Burge
Launceston, Cornwall, England
Died (aged 57–58)[1]
Pery Burge Website

Pery Burge (1955 – 10 February 2013[1]) was an English artist who, during the 2000s, worked with abstract images using ink in water or ink on paper, invoking natural processes such as surface tension driven flow, gravity, turbulence, rotation and erosion.[2]


Born Peronel Burge, she grew up in Launceston, Cornwall.[citation needed] Pery's first main interest was music, she played the piano and violin. During this time period she was also involved with scientific experiments with direction from her father. Burge developed an interest in art during her early teenage years, and was inspired by a book her mother had given her called You Are An Artist by Fred Gettings (1965). In 1972 she attended various schools before she obtained a music and art teaching certificate from Gipsy Hill College, Kingston. She continued her education at the Gipsy Hill College, Kingston to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree.[citation needed] Gipsy Hill College merged with Kingston University in 1992.[3]

In 1992, she had developed RSI, which she had to modify her artistic practices in order to continue with Art. Pery Burge continued her education in Graphic Arts and Illustration at Anglia Polytechnic University and obtained a Certificate of Higher Education Pass in 1994.

In 2006, Pery Burge developed a new brushless art technique, which lead to experimenting with moving substrate.[4] Burge found that ink in water, when using different surface tension, gave a colorful flow and movement, which she calls "Inkplosions".*[5] Once this technique was mastered, Pery began photographing the sequences of the changing flow. Thus creating color variations that could be controlled by the surface tension. She presented her work at the 12th International Symposium for Flow Visualization(ISFV12) Göttingen, Germany, 2006.

2007–2009, she prepared work for publication in Leonardo and Journal of Visualization.[6][7] Burge has worked on new ways of bringing art and science together for students, when she started her Artist-in Residence at Exeter University Thermofluids Lab, funded by the Leverhume Trust.

2010–2011, Pery started to produce videos of ink in water using her "Inkplosions" techniques.[8]

Through 2012, Pery Burge worked with glass and light, naming this imagery "Lightscapes", using a method to bend light as it travels through glass creating patterns. In December 2012, Pery was diagnosed with cancer and died on 10 February 2013.[1]


April 2012, Pery Burge and Tullio DeSantis have collaborated on multimedia projects that involved narrative readings, music by Tullio and visual fluid imagery created by Pery Burge.[9][10]


Year Exhibitions
1992–1999 Solo Exhibition, "Chronoscapes: Painting with Time"; Brushless Painting.
  • Drill Hall Arts Centre, Chenies St, London,
  • Courtyard Arts, Herford,
  • West Dean College, Chichester,
  • Radlett Centre, Herts
  • Merlin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
2000 Group exhibition located in London and Exeter
  • Air Gallery, Dover St, London Taylor Jardine Open
  • South West Academy of Arts Open, Exeter Phoenix
  • National Society Open, Whiteley's, Queenway, London
2006 12th International Symposium for Flow Visualization Göttingen, Germany
  • South Gate Gallery, Exeter "Contemporary Reflections"
  • National Society Open, Jersey Galleries, London
  • National Society Annual Open, Whiteley's London
  • Exeter Phoenix South West Contemporary Art Fair
2 July 2012 Liquid, Light and Time held at Exeter University Innovation Centre Different media reveal connections that illuminate the development of pattern, and time-based sequences join the dots between different stages of evolution.[11]
October 2012 Exhibition in the Forum [12]


  1. ^ a b c "Artist in residence". University of Exeter. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Pery Burge Publication on Ink in water Retrieved 3 September 2012
  3. ^ "Our History". Kingston University. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Now that's what I call a watercolour: British artist creates stunning 'inksplosions' after abandoning the paintbrush", Daily Mail, 10 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ Tara Kelly (13 March 2012) "Pery Burge Artist Inkplosion", Exposure (Huffington Post). Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  6. ^ Publication for Journal of Visualization, retrieved 17 September 2012
  7. ^ Science Photo, retrieved 17 September 2012
  8. ^ Ink in Water Retrieved 9Jan2013
  9. ^ Tullio and Pery Burge "ARTology with Tullio DeSantis : Cosmology". Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Artist in Residence, Pery Burge". University of Exeter. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "University exhibition takes visitors on evolutionary journey with Pery Burge". University of Exeter. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Artist-in-residence celebrated through Forum exhibition". University of Exeter. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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