John Piper

John Piper made artwork very often inspired by landscapes. 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 often used these as inspiration for his artwork, he particularly liked to focus on objects in the landscape such as monuments, churches and landmarks.

Covehithe Church, 1983
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.

Somerset Place, Bath, 1942
Interior of Coventry Cathedral, 1940

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.

Beach with Starfish, c.1933–4
Newhaven, The Castle, 1934

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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