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John Piper
As one of the best known artists in Cornwall at this time, John Piper is neither Cornish, nor drawn to the county by “the light”. He came as a boy when his parents bought a guest house in St Ives. His desire to make his life that of a painter was ignited by the sight of a huge Patrick Heron canvas on a visit to the Penwith Society in the early 60’s. It captured his imagination. So much so that frequent further visits to exhibitions, discussions and lectures at "the Penwith" totally immersed him in the Modernist art scene of St. Ives. Following the edict of one abstract painter, that  one should “choose a shape and spend the rest of your life painting it”, John chose the cliffs and cairns of the moorland landscape between St Ives and Land’s End as his subject, pairing it down to its essentials of lichen covered ancient field boundaries, farmhouses and miners cottages. Now, nearly 50 years on, John, who exhibits internationally as much as he does in Cornwall, has become a key member of both  “the Penwith” and the Newlyn Society of Artists.

 


Hamlet

Farm

Ochre view

Miners' cottages

Penwith grey

Towards Cape

Summer Sun

Buryan

Lichen Row

West coast cottages

Summer Cottage

Miner's Row

Morning Farm. John Piper

Lichen Row

Coast

Autumn Cottages

Heavy Blue

Sunset

Penwith

Farm track

 



                                 Gallery Open Thursday - Tuesday | 10.30am - 5.30pm The Roundhouse Gallery, Sennen Cove, Lands End, Cornwall, TR19 7DF

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