John’s paintings are heavily influenced by the landscape of west Cornwall – the moorland, coastline and weather. Variations in colour and tone evoke the changing seasons. Looking skies predict impending storms. Layer upon layer of paint is applied to give a textured surface, reflecting the rugged beauty of the Penwith peninsula. Based on his walks around the countryside near Penzance his paintings capture the very essence of Cornwall.
John Piper was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1946 and moved to Cornwall while still at school. He taught painting and ceramics in Penzance for 20 years before leaving in order to paint full time. John is well-known for his paintings of the cottages, carns, headlands and moors that characterise the landscape of Cornwall. He applies paint in several layers, deeply etched lines allowing the contrasting colours of the under-painting to show through. Looming skies or large expanses of moorland create a stark effect. John is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists.
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