Current Exhibition
Paper Arabesque: The Art of Collage

3rd December to 28th January 2017

Please scroll down to see Ceramics by Prue Piper.

'PAPER ARABESQUE' was a term coined by artist Paul Nash when describing John Piper's skill with collage in his earliest solo show in London in 1938. These poetic words have inspired Bohun Gallery's first exhibition devoted entirely to this medium linking a range of artists and styles extending from the original 60s Pop Artists to recent Turner Prize Nominees.


'Paper Arabesque' articulates why the spirit of collage has been vital to generations of artists and illustrates how it continues to evolve in the 21st Century. Collage derives its name from the French word for glue and describes a range of techniques that rely on applying found materials in to a new composition. Its role in the 20th Century is impossible to ignore. From Picasso and Braque's Cubist experiments to Matisse's large-scale abstract work and Richard Hamilton' Pop Art masterpieces, collage has been a primary tool of our most forward-thinking artists. It continues to be a medium of the 21st Century, allowing for the juxtaposition of images and ideas and the questioning and new possibilities beyond the limitations of painting.

Bohun Gallery's dynamic show combines 20th Century collages by Modern British Masters including, amongst others, John Piper, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Bryan Inghgam, Joe Tilson and Mary Fedden and commissioned work by gallery artists, thus giving a clear sense of its continued importance within the artistic output. The result is a wonderfully dynamic and varied collection of work.


The Art of Prue Piper

Prue Piper has worked in ceramic for over 30 years. Equipped with the kiln from John Piper's Fawley Bottom studio, she experiments with all sorts of objects both functional and purely decorative.

"There's a lot of fun in turning an idea into a solid object. When throwing a pot, shapes form under the hand. They can be added to, distorted, modified by turning. The fun is in the problem solving, the disappointment in failing".

Brightly coloured, spotted, stippled, marbled and moulded in low-relief, all of Prue's pots breathe unrestrained delight. Designed to amuse and cheer, they also challenge accepted canons of taste.

Her works shows a wide range of influences and she cites early Neolithic and Bronze Age objects as well as medieval gargoyles and the enduring 'Green Man'. This collection also features designs inspired by the diversity of wing patterns of our native moths.


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Bryan Ingham

Siena Suite: Palio III, 1995

Collage on panel
9.5 x 11.5 ins



John Piper

Pershore Abbey Stained Glass Window Design, c1964

Mixed media & collage
22 x 30 ins



David Mach

Deep Sea Collage, 2016

Collage
32 x 48 ins



Charlotte Hodes

Walking Amongst Vessels VI

Collage
16.14 x 25.59 ins



Ian Howard

La Chute

Collage, miixed media on gesso panel
12 x 8 ins



Mary Fedden

Rodelinda, 1998

Collage
11.5 x 12.5 ins



Bryan Ingham

Catalunya, 1998

Collage on board
9.5 x 8.5 ins



Eleanor Fein

Escape

Collage
12 x 16 ins



Margaret L. Smyth

Finishing Touches

Mixed media collage on board
9 x 16.5 ins



Joe Tilson

21st, 1964

Silkscreen & collage
40 x 30 ins



Marj Bond

The Empress

Collage
20 x 20 ins



Lennox Dunbar

A New Scottish Landscape

Mixed media
14 x 15 ins



Margaret L. Smyth

Sea Song

Collage
9 x 16.5 ins



Donald Hamilton Fraser

Korazim II

Collage and mixed media
11.81 x 9.06 ins



Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

October, 1993

Oil on card
11 x 7.5 ins



Mary Fedden

Portrait of Julian Trevelyan, 1996

Mixed media & collage
6.5 x 10 ins



Charlotte Hodes

Lethargy

Collage
16 x 12 ins



Bryan Ingham

Siena Suite: Palio IV, 1995

Collage on panel
5.51 x 16.73 ins



Theo Turpin

If You Don't Know Me By Now

Collage
24 x 16 ins



George Donald

Madrigal

Mixed media & collage
8 x 11 ins



Ben Johnson

Arena Chapel: Study

Unique Inkjet
19.5 x 16.5 ins



Joyce Cairns

Sea, Shale, Rocks, Clouds and Snow

Collage and mixed media
13 x 11.5 ins



Mary Fedden

Makropoulos Case, 1997

Collage
7.5 x 11 ins



Marj Bond

Priest King

Mixed media collage on board
12 x 12 ins



Charlotte Hodes

Walking Amongst Vessels III

Collage
16.14 x 25.59 ins



Eleanor Fein

Surprise

Collage
8 x 8 ins



Victoria Crowe

Pines Sunset

Mixed media, intaglio and chine coll
9 x 12.5 ins



Theo Turpin

Drama in Three Acts

Collage
24 x 16 ins



Lennox Dunbar

Floral Blanket

Mixed media
16 x 19 ins



Victoria Crowe

Spiders, 2012

Mixed media & collage
11.75 x 8.25 ins



Ian Howard

Babel in Flames

Collage and mixed media on board
8.27 x 5.91 ins



Louis Turpin

Thoughts on a Stained Glass Window

Mixed media collage on zinc
16 x 16 ins



Victoria Crowe

Two Studies of the Garden

Mixed media, intaglio and chine coll
6.5 x 9 ins



Theo Turpin

Final Reveal

Collage
24 x 16 ins



Lennox Dunbar

Californian Beach

Mixed media
13 x 14 ins



Joyce Cairns

House Boat

Collage and mixed media
9.06 x 9.06 ins



George Donald

Highland Girl

Mixed media, intaglio and chine coll
15 x 17 ins



Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

Untitled, 1983

Acrylic & collage
5.39 x 7.8 ins



Ben Johnson

Arena Chapel AP1/1

Inkjet, edition of 15
9 x 9 ins



Theo Turpin

Naturally Good Looking

Collage
24 x 16 ins



Ian Howard

Drago

Collage and mixed media on board
8.27 x 5.91 ins



Victoria Crowe

Mirrored View II

Mixed media & collage
8.5 x 14.5 ins



Prue Piper

5. Large Bowl with Hands

Earthenware
7.87 x 13.78 ins



Prue Piper

4. Green Man Planter with butterflies

Earthenware
7.09 (H) ins



Prue Piper

26. Shell Boy Sauce Boat

Earthenware
6.3 (H) ins



Prue Piper

29. Vase with two lizards

Earthenware
7.09 (H) ins



Prue Piper

14. Large Vase with Clouded Border Moth Design

Earthenware
6.3 (H) ins



Prue Piper

31. Elephant with Chair and Mahout

Earthenware
6.69 x 4.72 x 100 ins



Prue Piper

3. Large Bowl with Bear Head Lugs

Earthenware
6.3 x 10.24 ins



Prue Piper

17. Large Bowl with Silver Gem Moth design and Merfeille du Jour Moth design

Earthenware




Prue Piper

7. Pair of Moroccan Candlesticks

Earthenware
10.24 (H) ins



Prue Piper

30. Red Oxhead Gargoyle

Earthenware
5.31 x 6.3 ins



Prue Piper

19. Vase with Five Spot Burnet Moth Design

Earthenware
6.5 (H) ins



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