Born 13 December 1903 at Epsom, Surrey, Painter of landscape, architecture, and abstract compositions, designer for the theatre and of stained-glass windows, and writer on the arts. son of a solicitor. Published a book of poems with his own illustrations 1924. Studied at the Richmond and Kingston Schools of Art and the R.C.A. 1928–9. First one-man show at the London Gallery 1938 Painted mainly landscapes. After visit to Paris in 1933, turned to abstraction. Member of the London Group 1933. Began writing for the Architectural Review and published his first guide-book 1938, reverted to realism painting, particularly architectural subjects. Official War Artist 1940–2. Published English Romantic Artists 1942 and Buildings and Prospects in 1948. Trustee of the Tate Gallery 1946–52 and 1954–61; member of the Arts Council panel 1952–7. Supervised the design of the Battersea Pleasure Gardens with Osbert Lancaster 1951.
John PIPER Great Britain
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