Piper, John: Connemara


Connemara is a signed and newly framed screenprint capturing the varied landscapes of the area in a loose and dynamic style. It was part of the print portfolio Stones and Bones which attempted to create something of the feel of Piper’s sketchbooks. Consisting of 27 screenprints using a wide range of techniques, the portfolio contains landscapes, figure studies and sketches of prehistoric and Christian carvings.

Connemara was the centrefold of the portfolio and numbered XIV. Most copies show an obvious crease down the centre of the print, but our copy has been professionally restored so the crease is hardly visible. The portfolio was published by Kelpra Editions in an edition of 50 but copies of Connemara are remarkably hard to find, especially in this condition.

Connemara is a region on the Atlantic coast of County Galway. The area has many mountains, peninsulas, coves, islands and small lakes, a landscape which would have appealed to the artist in John Piper.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper, (British, 1903-1992)

Title and date: Connemara, 1978, (Levinson 303)

Size: 19.3 x 27.8 cms.


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 1930s, 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.