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“Abstraction is the way to the heart, it is not the heart itself.”

John Piper (1903 – 1992)

John Piper was born in Epsom, Surrey 1903, and as a a boy loved nothing more than cycling around the English countryside writing, observing, photographing and creating his own, personal travel guides. A brief unsuccessful stint in his father’s solicitors office was followed by Richmond School of Art and the Royal School of Art.

His childhood love of art and architecture led to work for the Architectural Review where he met John Betjamin who was to become a lifelong friend. After seeing some aquatint prints in one of Betjamin’s books he embarked on a course of printmaking at the RCA marking the beginning of a long period of exploration and innovation in printmaking.