Terry Pope is an artist and inventor who was born in Penzance. In 1959 he enrolled as a student at Bath Academy of Art, and in 1962 was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy in The Hague, Netherlands. Pope describes himself as a constructionist, whose artwork reflects a fascination for science, in particular the concept of regarding space as a medium in its own right.
On returning to the UK in 1963, he was enrolled in the Penwith Society of Artists by Barbara HEPWORTH. At around the same time Peter LANYON beame a formative influence, and Pope also acknowledges a debt to the Constructivists of the 1950s.
Terry Pope has held posts at the University of Reading, Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. Alongside his academic career, he has exhibited extensively in London, Europe and the USA, and his work is held in public and private collections world-wide.
In 2000 he and his wife returned to Cornwall, settling near St Austell.
A regular visitor over the years to the Royal Cornwall Museum, Pope has been honoured with an exhibition there which runs until 27 February 2016. 'Space Visualised' is an interactive show, using optical illusion to challenge the viewer's perception. Included are inventions such as space-enhancing spectacles and a Pseudoscope, which re-maps space by switching the visual inputs to the brain. A number of these creations have attracted attention in the magazine 'Scientific American' and have been used for scientific research.
Mixed media constructions
2015-2016: Royal Cornwall Museum 'Space Visualised' (7 Nov 2015 - 27 Feb 2016)
1962-65 Penwith Society of Artists
Cornwall Today (Jan 2016) 'Space Visualised' by Alex Wade