Current Exhibition
40 Years of John Piper

12th April to 4th June 2016

Recent Reviews:
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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John Piper

Beauvale Priory, 1983

Mixed media
20 x 26 ins



John Piper

Brixworth, 1985

Mixed media
23.5 x 16.75 ins



John Piper

Valle Crucis Abbey, Nr Llangollen, 1940

Ink & Watercolour
15.5 x 20.5 ins



John Piper

Late Spring Flowers, 1986

Gouache & mixed media
22 x 29 ins



John Piper

Jackfield by Ironbridge, Shropshire, 1979

Oil on canvas
28 x 36 ins



John Piper

Compton Valence, 1954

Mixed media
20.75 x 13.75 ins



John Piper

Grotto House, Hallswell

Mixed media
17.75 x 23.75 ins



John Piper

Ruined Cottage

Mixed media
14.75 x 22 ins



John Piper

St Mark's, Sheffield: Stained Glass Design of Flames, 1963

Mixed media
25.5 x 17.7 ins



John Piper

Eye and Camera II, 1972c

Collage and mixed media
20 x 14.5 ins



John Piper

Snowdonia, 1950c.

Mixed media
6.5 x 11 ins



John Piper

Parma, Nr. Venice, 1961

Mixed media
13.25 x 20.75 ins



John Piper

Kirkstead Abbey Chapel

Mixed media
14 x 22 ins



John Piper

Wymondham, Norfolk, 1981

Silkscreen
21.93 x 30.16 ins



John Piper

The Glyders, 1960

Screenprinted Sanderlin textile
22 x 23 ins



John Piper

Douriez

Mixed media
13.5 x 20.75 ins



John Piper

Study for 'The Jesse Tree', Dorchester Abbey, 1970

Mixed media
20¼ x 12½ ins



John Piper

Clytha Castle, 1976

Lithograph
10 x 15 ins



John Piper

Flowers in a Black Pot, 1988

Etching & aquatint
21.5 x 15.5 ins



John Piper

Terrace with Morning Glories, 1987

Silkscreen
19¼ x 26¾ ins



John Piper

Les Junies, 1988

Etching & aquatint
15.83 x 22.05 ins



John Piper

Long Sutton, 1985

Silkscreen
24 x 32.48 ins



John Piper

Stones of Bath, 1960

Screenprinted Sanderlin textile
18.5 x 47 ins



John Piper

Seaton, 1978

Lithograph
16.75 x 23.5 ins



John Piper

Dinton Folly, 1983

Silkscreen
46 x 66.5 cms



John Piper

Eye and Camera: Flame Four, 1967

Silkscreen
47.9 x 65.9 cms



John Piper

Chiesa de la Salute, 1960

Screenprinted Sanderlin textile
18 x 22.5 ins



John Piper

Roof at Chambord, 1973

Silkscreen
26 x 42.5 ins



John Piper

Locmariaquer, Brittany, 1990

Etching & aquatint
16¼ x 24 ins



John Piper

Figures from a Seal , 1954

Aquatint
8¼ x 6 ins



John Piper

Green Dish, 1985

Earthenware
10.75 x 15 ins



John Piper

Florence Relief, 1967

Lithograph
18.5 x 25.7 ins



John Piper

Yellow Flowers, 1987

Etching & aquatint
16 x 21.75 ins



John Piper

Arundel, 1960

Screenprinted Sanderlin
19 x 48 ins
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John Piper

Blenheim Gates, 1956

Screenprinted cotton
15.5 x 20.5 ins



Johannes Von Stumm

1.Big Cross, 2009

Limestone, glass, bronze, steel
180 x 50 x 50 cms



Johannes Von Stumm

2. Grace, 2015

Limestone, Granite, Bronze, Glass, S
191 x 20 x 20 cms



Johannes Von Stumm

3. Interlacing Cross, 2012

Granite, glass and stone
66.93 x 20.47 x 4.72 ins



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