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John PIPER 1903 - 1992

Biography

John Piper was born in Surrey in 1903.
 
In 1926 he embarked upon his artistic studies at the Richmond and Kingston Schools of Art, and the Royal College of Art (RCA), and throughout the 1930s he became acquainted with internationally important artists such as Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson.
 
Piper's artistic career was dominated by his interest in architecture and landscape, his artwork reflects this. He also worked on abstract compositions, designed for the theatre and was a renowned stained-glass window artist. His eclecticism, and love for academia, even saw him as a noted writer on the arts.
 
He married the writer Myfanwy Evans in 1935 and assisted her on much of her editorial and writing projects in the arts.
 
Piper exhibited regularly with the London Group of artists, was widely exhibited in the UK, Europe and the USA, and also wrote articles for periodicals and magazines. He even collaborated on six operas by Benjamin Britten.
 
During the Second World War, between 1940-2, he was commissioned as an official British war artist, to record bomb damage from the Luftwaffe, and in 1944 was made an official war artist.
 
Although also producing large amounts of abstract works and design pieces, his landscapes and architectural studies reflect his interest in the world he percieved around him.