Babylon ARTS, Ely to stage major John Piper Selling Exhibition opening 22nd June

Babylon ARTS, is to host a major selling exhibition of original prints and drawings by John Piper from 22nd June to 14th July at their riverside gallery in Ely. Piper is recognised as one of the great British artists of the 20th century and this exhibition, curated by Goldmark Gallery, will feature the full range of his work including his romantic landscapes, views of churches, castles, towns, city squares and streets together with his abstracts and figures.

All work on display will be available to buy and entry is free. Babylon ARTS is at Waterside, Ely, Cambs CB7 4AU and the gallery is open from Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon to 4pm. There will be Free John Piper inspired family workshops on the 23rd and 30thJune from 12 noon. www.babylonarts.org.uk for full details.

John Piper (1903-1992) was an official war artist and had a major association with Coventry Cathedral. He captured the derelict ruin of the original Cathedral the morning after the bombing on 14th November 1940 arriving as the fires were still burning. He returned in peacetime to design the staggering Baptistry Window of the new Cathedral rightly lauded as one of the greatest stained glass windows in the world.

Born in Epsom in 1903, Piper’s inclination to become an artist was inhibited by his father’s desire for him to join the family law firm. Following the death of his father in 1927, Piper enrolled in the Richmond School of Art and a year later the Royal College of Art, leaving without graduating in 1929.
In the early 1930s Piper exhibited with the London Group and became secretary of the Seven and Five Society which included Henry Moore, Ivon Hitchens, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. 

John Piper fans visiting the Exhibition can take a short walk up to The Stained Glass Museum housed within Ely Cathedral which has two fantastic pieces by the artist on permanent display.

Further information about the Gallery Exhibition www.babylonarts.org.uk

Press release from Babylon ARTS

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