Piper, John: Finistere
A distinctive, beautiful and extremely rare screenprinted fabric design commissioned by the textile manufacturers David Whitehead to contribute towards their ‘Living Art Fabrics Range’ which they launched in 1969, a year before their takeover. Its abstract style and use of vibrant colours are distinctly ‘painterly’, and the design is partner to the ‘Brittany’ fabric from the same series which we are also able to offer at: https://fiftiesart.com/?s=brittany Both were influenced by holidays in the area which inspired paintings, collages and lithographs.
The fabric is in perfect condition with strong colours, a full width consists of the design plus one repeat (2 panels of fabric), and the price quoted is for one complete panel. The selvedges are available with the printed details ‘A David Whitehead Fabric Made in England’ on the left selvedge and ”Finistere’ by John Piper’ on the right selvedge. It is professionally mounted, glazed and framed on commission with your preference for the left or right selvedge. It is much more difficult to source in this condition than any of John Piper’s lithographs and screenprints, however limited the edition.
More images can be provided on request.
Artist: John Piper (1903 – 1992)
Title and date: Finistere, c.1969
Size: 44.5 x 57 cms.
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.