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The World of Graham Sutherland and John Piper Valerie Woodgate Thursday 25 April 2019

The World of Graham Sutherland and John Piper

The careers of John Piper and Graham Sutherland followed surprisingly similar paths.
Born in the same year – 1903 – they both attended Epsom College, then commenced different careers before attending art college. Along with other English Neo-Romantics, each was influenced by William Blake and Samuel Palmer. They were also able to embrace European modernism in a way that enabled their work to remain accessible to the general public. Piper and Sutherland worked in a variety of media, producing astonishing bodies of work; each was an Official War Artist in the World War II, and each went on to create moving and inspirational works of religious art.

Lecturer Valerie Woodgate is a guide and lecturer at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and in other major London galleries. For many years she was part of the teaching team at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and now lectures and arranges courses at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. She also lectures on religious art in churches and cathedrals.

Graham Sutherland Tapestry and John Piper Window in Coventry Cathedral