John Piper: The Mountains of Wales


ISBN: 9780720006186
Artist(s): John Piper
Author(s): Melissa Munro and David Fraser Jenkins
Format: paperback
Edition: First
Year published: 2012
Publisher: Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum of Wales
Publisher Location: Cardiff
Total Pages: 96
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Artist(s) Biographies:

1 available

A catalogue produced for the current exhibition John Piper: The Mountains of Wales – Paintings and Drawings from a Private Collection held at the National Museum of Wales until 13th May 2012.

During and just after the Second World War John Piper visited Wales several times with his family to draw and paint the mountains. Like artists before and since, he was drawn to the visual drama of the Welsh mountains, but he was also fascinated by their geology, as his artist’s eye explored ‘the bones and structure’.

Piper drove, cycled and climbed miles to reach his chosen locations where, however isolated, wet or windy the environment, he immersed himself in ‘the “lie” of the mountains’. He drew on the spot, using various materials including his fingers, later developing drawings into prints or paintings. His spontaneous, fluid techniques seem at one with the rough textures and colours of the mountains and rocky outcrops.

Each of these powerful images express Piper’s emotive relationship with the mountains of Wales.


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