John Piper
Castlemartin 1976

Artwork details

John Piper 1903–1992
Date 1976
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 924 x 613 mm
Acquisition Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 1976
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This church tower is at an isolated village in Pembrokeshire. Piper was adept at reproducing the texture of the old stones of churches, here the result of a widespread attack of various coloured lichens.

This screenprint is one of many given to Tate in 1976 by Chris Prater, the printer who made them with his wife, Rose. Their prints reproduced gouaches drawn by Piper, which he had made in part for this purpose and with the screenprinting process in mind. In this way he popularised his work, and found a new market for his art.

July 2008

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