MIXED-MEDIA ARTIST John Piper
6 August – 17 September 2022
“Intensity is all that matters in painting.”
John Piper is one of Britain’s greatest twentieth-century artists. His work covered painting and printmaking to stained glass and stage design, in a range of experimental styles.
Piper made his home in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire but travelled widely due to commissions. In the Second World War he became an official war artist and recorded the bomb damage to buildings, particularly churches which characterise much of his artistic output. He worked with the poet John Betjeman on the Shell Guides, those iconic tourist guides to mid-twentieth century Britain.
Piper’s stained glass work and tapestries adorn many churches and cathedrals, including the baptistry window for Coventry Cathedral, a lantern for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, tapestries for Hereford Cathedral and windows for Eton College Chapel. The Festival of Britain in 1951 featured a large mural by Piper depicting a range of cottages and castles.
Piper became a Trustee of the Tate Gallery, but continued to get involved in various creative and collaborative ventures. He worked on Benjamin Britten’s operas at Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera House, and he even designed the firework display for the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee in 1977.
We are very pleased to hold this exhibition of such a highly regarded artist, which shows a range of his print work particularly churches and other landmarks. Here is a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase iconic British art.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 6 August and runs through to Saturday 17 September, on Wednesdays to Saturdays.