A HENLEY art gallery is celebrating its long association with John Piper — the noted painter,
A HENLEY art gallery is celebrating its long association with John Piper — the noted painter, printmaker and designer of theatre sets and stained glass windows — with a major new exhibition.
A fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts, Piper died in June 1992 aged 88.
Together with his wife Myfanwy, he lived at Fawley Bottom Farmhouse for more than 50 years, during which time he built up a devoted following in the art world.
He also came to work closely with Patricia Jordan Evans, who founded the Bohun Gallery, now sited in Reading Road, in 1973.
Recalling her first meeting with the artist, she said the memory was still vivid more than four decades on.
“He was an artist of high reputation, 70 years old, and I had been but 12 months in business and must have seemed very young,” she said. “In spite of being a rather daunting figure — tall, gaunt and with striking features — Piper soon revealed himself to be surprisingly modest. Throughout our long association he gave Bohun Gallery immense, quiet and dignified support.”
The new exhibition,
40 Years with John Piper, opens to the public on Tuesday (April 12), following a private view tomorrow (Saturday), and runs until Saturday, June 4.
Gallery manager Katie Newman said: “John Piper has been a defining character of the Bohun Gallery’s history and we have selected some of the very finest examples of his paintings, prints, ceramics and textiles which illustrate his breadth, diversity and skill in the various mediums.”
For more information on the exhibition, including opening times, call (01491) 576228 or visit www.bohungallery.co.uk