|Andrew Pepper studied Fine Art in the UK, where he began working with projected light and 3-D light installations. During this period he saw his first hologram in Paris, at an exhibition organised by Jody Burns and Posy Jackson, at the American Cultural Centre, in the City. He thought this would be the ideal medium to use to document his installations in 3-D.
On conclusion of his Fine Art course, he spent 2 years at the Museum of Holography, in New York, as a Fulbright Scholar, and it was there that he learned how to make holograms at new York Holographic Labs. It was some time before he felt comfortable using the medium - wanting to find an alternative to the amazing 3-D effect which had originally attracted him to the medium.
When he returned to the UK in 1982 he began lecturing and writing on creative holography and starting to produce his own work, which has now been exhibited in solo and group shows world-wide. He also completed a PhD in Fine Art Holography, the first of its type to be awarded by the Fine Art Department of the University of Reading.
During 1988 Pepper was awarded a Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholarship which allowed him to continue his PhD research and carry out extensive exploration in a specially built holography studio at Reading University.
In 1991 he moved to Cologne to take up a 5 year post with the newly established Academy of Media Arts, which as part of its studio activities was offering Holography under the direction of German Artist, Professor Dieter Jung.
From 2007- 2009 he was director of the International Holography Fund which was established to fill the gap left by the Shearwater Foundation and, during its short operational life, supported a wide range of creative holography projects world-wide.
Pepper is a senior lecturer in fine art at Nottingham Trent University, a visiting lecture in fine art the University of Lincoln and has contributed to professional development modules in Fine Art at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent Univierty's Hive Start To.. and Summer School courses.
Academic profile, Nottingham Trent University, UK.