John Piper and the artistic war effort

At Tate Liverpool until 18th March is an interesting exploration of John Piper’s work.

If honest, I wasn’t that gripped by his landscapes and abstractions although found the influence of Picasso et al on his abstract pieces interesting. However, when it came to his contribution as an official war artist in WW2, I was completely struck by these two works, on loan from the IWM

The Passage to the Control-room at South West Regional Headquarters, Bristol

 

The Control-room at South West Regional Headquarters, Bristol

Piper was asked to undertake a series of paintings for the ARP (Air Raid Precaution) control rooms and was taken, in secret, to see the control room in Bristol. The brutalist, claustrophobic atmosphere of the underground terrain is wonderful and, definitely, my favourite pieces in the exhibition.

The information from the IWM below gives the full explanation of these two works.

For more information:

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/john-piper

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/21807

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/21806

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