John Piper: A Very British Artist
  • Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
    RG9 1BF, UK
  • Thursday 11th May, 9:00am - Until Monday 14th December, 12:00am
Welcome to summer at the River & Rowing Museum New for summer 2017! This summer the recently opened John Piper gallery will be hosting two pieces from Tate - Construction, Intersection (1934) and Abstract I (1935)

Though John Piper is more commonly thought of as a painter of historical architecture and the landscape, for a short period he was intimately involved in the avant-garde. During the period 1934-1936 Piper focused exclusively on abstract art. 

Construction, Intersection is a relief that is based on an abstract painting in a box-like frame.  Abstract I was reproduced in black and white in Circle. Its stage-like interleaving of coloured planes reflects Piper’s engagement with abstract aesthetics.

In addition to these two works, the Museum have received a very generous donation of a John Piper tapestry from Invesco Perpetual. 

The brightly coloured tapestry entitled Long Sutton, Lincolnshire (1984) depicts an image of Long Sutton Church surrounded by trees and foliage.  Piper originally produced a painting of the church in 1981 followed by a screen print in 1985.  Long Sutton, Lincolnshire is a striking example of Piper’s eye for converting his artwork into textile designs.

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