During World War II John Piper was conscripted as a war artist. The morning after Coventry was bombed he was sent to document the horrific scenes. He found the Cathedral was in ruins, only the walls remaining.

After the war he was commissioned to design the stained glass window for the new Cathedral. He was helped by stain glass maker Patrick Reyntiens who talks in this video about working with Piper.

Work by John Piper can be viewed here: goldmarkart.com/all-art/all-artists/john-piper.html

Clip taken from Goldmark's feature length documentary: John Piper An Empty Stage. Available to own here: goldmarkart.com/all-art/all-artists/john-piper/an-empty-stage.html

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John Piper - British Artist

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John Piper was born at Epsom in Surrey, 1903. Following his father’s wishes, he spent 5 years in the family law firm before pursuing art, firstly at Richmond School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. In the 1930s Piper exhibited abstract pictures…


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John Piper was born at Epsom in Surrey, 1903. Following his father’s wishes, he spent 5 years in the family law firm before pursuing art, firstly at Richmond School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. In the 1930s Piper exhibited abstract pictures and constructions, then reverted to creating landscape and architectural images, developing the picturesque style that features in his later work.

Piper experimented with printmaking from as early as 1923 when he produced four wood engravings. Piper’s prints embody his love of Britain through their depiction of its art, architecture and topography. However frequently underpinning their design, as the artist Rigby Graham has indicated, are the elements of collage, construction and assemblage that featured in his modernist work of the early 1930s.

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