John Piper (English, 1903-1992) was a painter with a career that spanned the 20th century. Alongside his classic paintings of British landscapes, he also produced a number of designs for tapestry, stained-glass windows, theatre sets, book jackets, prints, fabrics, and ceramics. Following an education in art at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art, Piper distanced himself from abstract painting, and instead assumed his own distinctive naturalistic style.
Piper's role as an official war artist during the Second World War was a defining part of his career, and his powerful depictions of bomb stricken churches and monuments led to his rise as an artist and household name. 180 of Piper's works can be found in the Tate collection, and other exhibitions in the UK include Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, and Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museums. Pipers work was exhibited globally throught his lifetime, and continues to be to this day.