Thompson's Gallery in Aldeburgh is holding another exhibition of originals and prints by John Piper following the very successful exhibition we held in 2017 and also the critically acclaimed exhibition held at the Tate Liverpool the same year. The centre piece is a wonderful mixed media painting entitled 'Foliate Heads' , foliate or leafy heads such as this one are perhaps one of John Piper's most distinctive motifs appearing in his works in a variety of media including tapestries and ceramics as well as drawings, paintings and prints. The gouaches Foliate Head trials reveal Piper's fresh, experimental touch at its best. Our piece as been in a private collection in Rio de Janeiro and has not been on the market since the 1950s when it was purchased by the collector Assis Chateaubriand to be part of his esteemed collection in the his São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP). Chateaubriand was appointed Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom, position he held from 1957 to 1961 which we believe is the time he acquired the 'Foliate Heads'. We also have a number of significant original paintings as well as prints for which Piper is generally best known, among them '
John Piper is one of the most significant British artists of the 20th Century. Renowned for his powerful and romantic paintings of his native country, he worked across an extraordinary range of disciplines influencing the cultural landscape of modern Britain. Piper's inspiration was taken from a love and knowledge of the British landscape, its buildings, monuments and their heritage.