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This- the newest title in the highly acclaimed Design Series focuses on the work of John Piper (1903 - 1992). Piper remains something of an enigma: an antiquarian who was among the pioneers of non-representational art in Britain; an abstract painter who drew his inspiration from the paintings of Turner and mediaeval stained glass; and a romantic with a penchant for geometric design. Despite- in formal terms- coming to art late- Piper became one of the most diverse designers of his generation. Up until the 1951 Festival of Britain- his work had been almost entirely graphic. Indeed much of his design - particularly for the theatre- murals- mosaics- textiles and tapestries - was to remain graphics based. However- Piper was also to enter into rewarding partnerships with Patrick Reyntiens- David Wasley and Joseph Nuttgens designing stained glass; with Geoffrey Eastop in ceramics; and- most explosively of all- with Ron Lancaster and John Deeker- for some of the greatest pyrotechnic displays that Britain has witnessed since the 18th century.Commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee in 1940- Pipers two paintings of the ruins of Coventrys St Michaels Cathedral- along with his St Mary-le-Port- Bristol are among the most iconic images of World War II. However- mediaeval stained glass was perhaps Pipers most enduring passion; the slabs of glass- the leading and the richness of colour of these windows- were to provide a fundamental source of inspiration not only for his paintings and designs for stained glass- both figurative and abstract- but also for work in other medi...
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