One of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, John Piper’s distinctive work possesses a character and style like no other. Playing at the boundary between the abstract and the figurative, Piper’s use of colour, shape, and composition merge together to create an exceptional aesthetic.
Known for his WWII paintings of Blitz damaged churches, as well as his iconic stained glass windows in the postwar re-design of Coventry Cathedral, Piper is behind much of the most quintessentially British art of the mid-century. Yet some of his most beautiful work can be found in the quiet details of the British landscape: from peaceful village churches to mountain peaks, harbour towns and rolling fields.
Piper’s artwork beauty evokes the English countryside with its impressionistic aesthetic, throwing out the rule book in favour of innovative perspectives or unexpected colour combinations. In a sea of contemporary print-makers, Piper’s work continues to inspire in the twenty-first century.