DESIGN: John Piper
Artist(s): John Piper
Author(s): Brian Webb & Peyton Skipwith
Year published: 2013
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 96
Illustrations: 100 colour & 20 black & white illustrations
Despite, in formal terms, coming to art late, Piper became one of the most diverse designers of his generation. Up until the 1951 Festival of Britain, his work had been almost entirely graphic. Indeed much of his design – particularly for the theatre, murals, mosaics, textiles and tapestries – was to remain graphics based. However, Piper was also to enter into rewarding partnerships with Patrick Reyntiens, David Wasley and Joseph Nuttgens designing stained glass; with Geoffrey Eastop in ceramics; and, most explosively of all, with Ron Lancaster and John Deeker, for some of the greatest pyrotechnic displays that Britain has witnessed since the 18th century.