Critic's Choice, Financial Times, by Jackie Wullschlager
"A celebration of 40 years of the gallery's association with Piper, this brings together rare and diverse paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics with an emphasis on the inspiration this British romantic artist drew from every manner of architecture and ecclesiastical motifs - the early 'Valle Crucis Abbey' 1940 and 'Beauvale Priory' by moonlight; lovely studies for church windows; the interior of 'Kirtling, Cambridgeshire' - as well as work from Venice and France".
Financial Times 9 April 2016
Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries Magazine
"When Patricia Jordan Evans first opened the Bohun Gallery in 1974 she could hardly have imagined that the local 'famous' artist, John Piper, would soon become part of the exhibition programme for the next 40 years.... A wide ranging, celebratory show which covers most aspects of his prolific output. There was seemingly nothing Piper couldn't put his mind and hand to, from ceramics and photography to tapestry and stained glass and examples of most of them are included here alongside a splendid cross section of the paintings, collages and prints that form the core of his output ... In short an excellent celebration of Piper's remarkable ouput".
Galleries Magazine, April 2016
Bohun Gallery is delighted to present this exhibition celebrating our 40 year working relationship with this great artist. John Piper RA (1903-1992) has been a defining character of 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.
'The memory of my first meeting with John Piper is still vivid. 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. 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'. Patricia Jordan Evans
Bohun Gallery's 2016 exhibition focusses sharply on the diversity achieved during John Piper's lifetime from the earliest picturesque paintings of derelict architectural ruins circa 1940 to the later paintings of stately homes and English Churches and his final works focussing on floral still lifes. These are thrown in to sharp contrast with his 'Eye & Camera' collage series of the 1960s reflecting his interest in the developing genre of pop art. Patricia recalls 'I had become interested in the Eye and Camera series which even now is not as widely known as it might be. Our exhibition in 1975 was the first time John had ever shown his Eye & Camera series and it was something of a shock to many people who so loved his English architecture and landscape subjects!'.
Bohun Gallery also staged a first in 1992 with a show devoted entirely to John Piper's Foliate Head designs. Derived from the Medieval imagery of the Green Man, the Foliate Heads are amongst Piper's most distinctive motifs and recur in a variety of media including stained glass and ceramics, as well as drawings, paintings and prints. One of the highlights in the current show is a 6ft tapestry of a Foliate Head in Yellow and Blue. As with all Piper's collaborative projects, the tapestry relied on fine craftsmen to translate his designs and visions into three-dimensional reality and this particular tapestry was woven in Dordabis, Namibia. Another successful creative relationship celebrated in Bohun Gallery's exhibition is that of Piper and the late potter Geoffrey Eastop and the exhibition includes a number of Piper's highly decorated ceramics.
John Piper's importance in the field of textile designs will be highlighted in 2016 with a major show on the subject at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. During the 1950s, John was commissioned by a number of notable textile manufacturers to translate his work into designs and he extracted imagery from his Foliate Head series, the cubist design 'Stones of Bath', the 'Northern Cathedral' and a Venetian scene 'Chiesa de la Salute', among others. This magnificent group of designs will be displayed at Bohun Gallery.
Having curated the 2012 exhibition 'John Piper and the Church' at Dorchester Abbey, Patricia Jordan Evans' has been able to amass a fine and varied selection of church paintings which are, perhaps, what visitors will most look forward to seeing. Many of them featured in the Dorchester Abbey exhibition, which gives collectors an opportunity to view and acquire particularly noteworthy paintings by the artist. Highlights include a magnificent painting of a Welsh church near Llangoflen; the ruins of Beauvale Priory and the interior of Compton Valence.
After John Piper's death in 1992, Bohun Gallery continued to work with John's widow Myfanwy Piper and, subsequently, his Estate. Nowadays his presence continues at Bohun Gallery through my relationship with his family and supporters and we continue to enjoy curating biennial exhibitions. Selecting John's work is as exciting as it ever was to me. I continue to wonder at the huge amount and variety of work he undertook during his long life and still reflect on our great good fortune to have been taken seriously by him.
SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN 12 April - 4 June
We are delighted to showcase large scale garden sculpture by internationally renowned sculptor Johanns Von Stumm FRBS.
Johannes von Stumm's unique combination of three different materials has attracted public and critical acclaim in a decade of successful exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad. His startlingly original sculpture, which engages continually with risk and a defiance of accepted laws, joins iron, granite and glass to create abstract or reduced figurative works in which apparently conflicting materials exist in complex harmony.
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