John Piper

1903 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

John Piper is an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. John Piper was born in 1903. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1903 and of the same generation are Edward Burra, Barbara Hepworth, Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Francis Bacon and Rex Whistler.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit John Piper's work, which are Alan Wheatley Art and The Redfern Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. John Piper is exhibited at the exhibition, Spring exhibition at The Redfern Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 17 April 2020. John Piper's work has also been exhibited during the Selected Modern British and Contemporary Artists exhibition at Beaux Arts London in the United Kingdom (03 July 2019 - 13 September 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant degree eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for John Piper

John Piper was born in 1903 and was primarily inspired by the 1920s. The key innovations established in the early years of the 20th century were developed further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period established the careers of many pioneering and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a time of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and major shifts in politics took place across the world. The philosophy of Marxism was prevalent among artist communities and groups. In Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine developed methods of art which were dramatic and dynamic. Surrealism continued to develop in the 1920s and 1930s, and focused on the human unconscious and Freudian theory. Significant artists to arise from this movement were Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Surrealism spread as an ideology on a global scale due to its cultural relevance, and developed to become the integral expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and flourished under this way of thinking.

John Piper

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