Jerry Pethick

Jerry Pethick (b. 1935, London, Canada; d. 2003, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada) studied art in London, UK, at Chelsea Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, where he completed graduate studies in 1964. He began to work with plastics and lenticular materials in the mid-1960s. Shortly after he became fascinated with holography and, along with the American scientist Lloyd Cross, established a holography school in San Francisco in 1971. Finding the elaborate technical demands of holography limiting, Pethick moved to Hornby Island in 1975, where he resided for the rest of his life. There he pursued his interest in the nature of perception while maintaining a modest economy of production by incorporating found objects sourced from the island’s recycling depot into his work. Over the past 40 years his art has been exhibited widely in Canada, the United States and Europe.