This June marks the 20th anniversary of the death of John Piper - one of the most significant and versatile artists of the 20th century. Working in almost every medium available to him, he produced a body of work that encompassed painting, drawing, book illustration, photography, printmaking, stained glass, tapestries, murals, stage sets and costume designs.
Born in 1903, Piper's fascination with the British countryside began at an early age when he produced sketches and a guidebook to the churches of his home county of Surrey. After experimenting with abstraction in the 1930s, he eventually reverted to a representational style, creating mainly landscape and architectural images that embraced the picturesque qualities of his surroundings. His appointment as Official War artist during the Second World War allowed him to document the dramatic destruction of bombed buildings whilst reaffirming the nation's natural beauty and identity through his romantic visions.
Throughout his working life he collaborated with others, including Modernist artist Ben Nicholson, the poet John Betjeman (on the Shell Guides) and stained glass artist, Patrick Reyntiens. His collaboration with the latter lasted some 35 years and saw them work together on commissions for the stained glass windows of the new Coventry Cathedral as well as on the windows for the chapels in Robinson College and Churchill College, Cambridge.
The exhibition will be open daily from Thursday 14 June.