John Piper

John Piper made artwork very often inspired by landscapes and architecture. He used a range of processes to make his expressive and energetic landscapes, often exaggerating the formal qualities of line, texture and colour. He also painted, printed, illustrated books and made stained glass windows!


Piper loved looking at British landscapes and buildings, and often used these as inspiration for his artwork, he particularly liked to focus on objects in the landscape such as monuments, churches and landmarks.

John Piper artist research lesson
Covehithe Church, 1983
John Piper landscape artist information lesson
Trellyfant, c.1978

John Piper continued to focus on landscapes when he was appointed as an official ‘war artist’ at the start of the second world war. Piper would travel around the country to capture buildings that had been bombed and destroyed in the war.

John Piper paintings art lesson
Somerset Place, Bath, 1942

He would use a range of materials to capture the different landscapes, including newspaper, ink, acrylic paint, watercolour paint and collage. He used these methods to capture dramatic landscapes and be able to fully explore surface and mark-making. Piper created pieces with a huge range of shadows, textures and moods.

John Piper collage lesson teacher resources
Beach with Starfish, c.1933โ€“4
Landscape Artist John Piper research lesson
Newhaven, The Castle, 1934

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What themes within ‘Landscape Art’ do you think John Piper was interested in? Texture? Light? Movement? Mark-Making? Or something else?

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