Artist: John Piper (British, 1903-1992), unsigned
Title and date: Swansea: Towards the Gower, 1984
Size of picture: 35 x 46cms, framed
Description: a stunning screen-less offset lithograph by Adrian Lack, Senecio Press, purchased from Gregynog press by the previous owner, the image was the centrefold for their volume of ‘Deaths and Entrances’ by Dylan Thomas but was not a book copy and is therefore uncreased.
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Artist description: Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1926-8. In the mid 1930a, after a visit to Paris, he turned to abstraction. He became a member of the London Group in 1933 and the ‘Seven and Five’ group in 1934-5. During this period he became friends with Oliver Simon of the Curwen Press and his interest in lithography and print making grew. During the Second World War, Piper was appointed as an official war artist recording the effects of the blitz on Britain’s buildings. After the war, he became a Trustee of the Tate and National Galleries and in 1959 he became a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission. Piper is best known for his extensive studies of British architecture and landscape in oil, watercolour and print, and for his photography, stained glass, ceramics, fabric design, murals, stage sets and costume design. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.