Woodend hosts Piper exhibition

Woodend Marketing Assistant  Kristina Francescotti re adjusts one of John Pipers prints on the eve of the artists opening exhibition at the centre. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112692'01/07/11
Woodend Marketing Assistant Kristina Francescotti re adjusts one of John Pipers prints on the eve of the artists opening exhibition at the centre. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112692'01/07/11

AN exhibition of work by renowned painter and printmaker John Piper is on at Woodend until July 16.

Woodend director Andrew Clay says: “The opportunity to host work by the late John Piper is a great moment for Woodend.

“His work was collected avidly by the Sitwell family so it is quite fitting that this important collection should be shown here at Woodend, as it is where the Sitwells lived.”

John Piper (1903-1992) is now widely recognised as one of the most outstanding British painters of the 20th century.

Although the term “painter” hardly manages to cover his work on screenprints, original lithographs, photos, guide books, ceramics, textiles, theatre and costume design.

In 1940 Piper was invited by Sir Osbert Sitwell to paint his Derbyshire home and family seat, Renishaw Hall. It was the start of a lifelong friendship with Sir Osbert and with his more famous and eccentric sister Edith.

Seven or so miles from the heavy industry and mining in and around Sheffield, Renishaw became for Piper what Petworth was to Turner – a sanctuary.

The pictures in the exhibition are for sale, priced from £350 - £3,250.

The exhibition runs until July 16. The opening hours are 9am-5pm weekdays and 10am-4pm Saturdays.

The works pictured above are East Barsham Manor (left) and St Peter’s at Theberton, Suffolk.