Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU
Closes Sunday 14 July
Open 12pm – 4pm Tuesday – Sunday
Babylon ARTS, are hosting a major selling exhibition of original prints and drawings by John Egerton Christmas Piper from 22 June to 14 July at our 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 30th June 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.
The Stained Glass Museum located on an upper level of Ely Cathedral have two fantastic Piper works on permanent display in their gallery. A stunning abstract stained glass panel designed by Piper and made by his long-time collaborator Patrick Reyntiens (c.1956), and a stained glass cartoon (full-scale drawing) for a window in Nettlebed Church, Oxfordshire (1980). Visitors to the exhibition can benefit from 2-for-1 entry to the Stained Glass Museum - valid at the Stained Glass Museum admission desks only (i.e. not for joint tickets purchased at the Cathedral desks). This offer is valid between 22 June-14 July 2019. PIck up details at the gallery.