John Piper – A Very British Artist
14th December 2016 - 14th December 2026
Please be aware that during the next month we will be working on a re-display in some areas of the Piper gallery. The gallery will remain open to the public, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope you will come back and visit again soon!
John Piper was one of the most popular, prolific and versatile British artists of the 20th century. He spent most of his working life living in Fawley, just outside Henley on Thames.
This new exhibition examines the diversity of Piper’s career from Modernism to Romanticism. Piper’s extraordinary diversity of work covered painting, collage, drawing, stained glass, ceramics, tapestry, set design and textiles.
The Museum have received a very generous donation of a John Piper tapestry from Invesco Perpetual. The brightly coloured tapestry entitled Long Sutton, Lincolnshire (1984) depicts an image of Long Sutton Church surrounded by trees and foliage. Piper originally produced a painting of the church in 1981 followed by a screen print in 1985. Long Sutton, Lincolnshire is a striking example of Piper’s eye for converting his artwork into textile designs.
The exhibition features unseen work from private collections from around the country, as well as a continually evolving display of loans from galleries such as the Tate, V&A and the Arts Council.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all those who donated to our crowdfunding campaign, in partnership with the Art Fund.