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John Piper 'A Very English Artist'

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 to Saturday, 28 July 2018

This summer Oxfordshire’s Bohun Gallery will be examining John Piper’s travels around the British Isles and his contribution towards the protection and maintenance of our English Heritage. In Post-War Britain, the collaboration between John Piper and John Betjeman championed great churches and endangered country homes, the emphasis on giving historic buildings new prominence and allowing them to grow into beacons of national identity. The exhibition begins with his role as War Artist, raising public awareness of the vulnerability of the national heritage in ‘Recording Britain’. Bohun Gallery’s 1940 painting of ‘Valle Crucis Abbey’ gives an early indication of his unapologetic joy in the simple characteristics of the building which were to form the artist’s modus operandi. The exhibition continues to explore the next fifty years of the artist’s work as he records the landscapes and buildings of the British Isles.

Highlights include paintings of Herefordshire church interiors of the 1950s illustrating un-touched Norman architecture; an important painting of Snargate church which Piper painted to raise funds for the survival of the Romney Marsh medieval churches; a magnificent painting of the Oxfordshire church at Lewknor; painting and collage of Kent’s Pavillion at Rousham; silkscreens and fabric designs focussing on Blenheim Palace and Stowe; quintessential Welsh ruins and an important 1968 painting of Caernarvon Castle. As a young man, Piper recognised the significance of such buildings and, later, at the height of his career, he became an integral part of a growing body determined to protect and maintain our English heritage for future generations to explore and enjoy.

We owe a debt of gratitude to this ‘Very English Artist’.

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15 Reading Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon RG9 1AB

Bohun Gallery , Henley on Thames

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