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John Piper

Artist Biography

John Piper

Now considered one of the most significant British artists of the Twentieth Century.

John Piper was born in Epson, 1903. Not persuaded by his solicitor father to pursue a career in law, Piper enrolled at Richmond School of Art, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London. In the early 1930's Piper exhibited with the London Group before being invited by Ben Nicholson to join the Seven and Five Society whose members were Henry Moore, Ivon Hitchens and Barbara Hepworth. Soon after Piper met the writer Myfanwy Evans, and the couple moved to Fawley Bottom, an abandoned farmhouse in the Chilterns, where Piper would reside his entire life.


During the Second World War Piper was persuaded by Kenneth Clark to work as an Officer War Artist, and again, Piper concentrated on the depiction of ruined buildings and churches.