As well as his abstract work, Piper’s early works include collages which often incorporated newsprint or pages of books. This seaside scene depicts the Seven Sisters cliffs near Eastbourne.
Beach with Starfish
Date of work
Gouache, printed paper and ink on paper 38 x 48.5 cm Tate. Presented by Lady (Charlotte) Bonham Carter 1988
A significant British twentieth-century artist, John Piper is known for his poetic depictions of the British landscape. Born in Epsom, Surrey, Piper began studying art in 1927 at The Richmond College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. His early work reflected the trend for abstraction and was influenced by his frequent trips to Paris where he befriended the artist Alexander Calder. He worked across an extraordinary range of disciplines including designs for stained glass and theatre sets yet his powerful and romantic paintings of the British landscape are considered his most iconic work.