Piper, John: Denston


An abstract, painterly and extremely rare screenprinted fabric design with strong colours. It was commissioned by the textile manufacturers David Whitehead to contribute towards their ‘Living Art Fabrics Range’ which they launched in 1969.

This is a large piece in superb condition, the design extends to over 1 metre in width and at 1.5 metres in depth, it consists of one complete design and a second repeat which blends into a lower white margin. It would look stunning as a wall hanging or a single design could be framed.

It is much more difficult to source fabrics in this condition than any of John Piper’s lithographs and screenprints, however limited the edition.

Denston is a village and parish in West Suffolk around 8 miles south west of Bury St Edmunds, the entire village is designated a conservation area. There is an Anglican church dedicated to St Nicholas which Piper also painted.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: John Piper (1903 – 1992)

Title and date: Denston, c.1969

Size: 150.0 x 115.0 cms.


Artist Description:

Born in Epsom, John Egerton Christmas Piper studied at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art from 1927-8. 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 January 1934. 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, especially churches. 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 as well as some 40 years editing the Shell Guide series. His work is held in many Museums and Galleries.