ELEVEN AND A HALF

Painters of West Cornwall

Paintings
Noel Betowski
Ben Catt
Neil Davies
John Emanuel
Mike Hindle
Robert Jones
Brenda King
Jason Lilley
John Piper
Simon Pooley
Michael Praed
Iona Sanders
Jennifer Semmens
Elaine Turnbull
Terry Whybrow
Vincent Wilson
Jenny Woodhouse
Other painters
Sculpture
Chris Buck
Ceramics
Colin Caffell
Lincoln Kirby Bell
Essex Tyler
Recently added
Featured artist
Featured artist: John Piper

John Piper has been exhibiting paintings for over 40 years. Over that time his work has evolved from simple pencil drawings on board in the 1970s to the more textured oil paintings he is well-known for today. However the inspriation and the subject matter has remained the same: the landscape and buildings of West Penwith.

biography (click to expand)

John Piper was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1946 and moved to Cornwall while still at school. He soon discovered the contemporary paintings being shown in St Ives and first exhibited his own work in the late 1960s. He taught painting, drawing and ceramics in schools in Penzance for twenty years before leaving in order to paint full time. Today he lives close to Land's End and works from his studio, a converted barn overlooking the Penwith moors.

Strongly influenced by the countryside of West Cornwall, John is well known for his paintings of the moors, carns, headlands and cliffs that characterise this landscape. More recently cottages and farm buildings have been predominant in his work. He applies paint in several layers, often with deeply etched lines allowing contrasting colours to show through. Looming skies or large expanses of moorland create a dramatic, often stark effect. John always works with oils, smaller paintings usually being on board, larger on canvas.

John exhibits regularly in Cornwall and the rest of the UK. His paintings have been shown across Europe and North America and are widely collected. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists.

selected solo exhibitions (click to expand)

Latest paintings




Moorland mist
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
£650

Moorland hamlet
John Piper
oil on canvas
36in x 48in
£4800

Distant coast
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
£650




Penwith
John Piper
oil on board
12in x 12in
£650

Russet cottage
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
Sold

Cottages near Trewellard
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
£650

Paintings Shown at Caffell, Piper, Whybrow, April 2017




West of St Ives
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
Sold

Penwith hamlet
John Piper
oil on canvas
36in x 48in
Sold

Autumn mist
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
Sold

Paintings Shown at West Cornwall Perspectives, July 2016




Farm blue
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
Sold

Moorland farm
John Piper
oil on canvas
36in x 36in
Sold

Towards St Buryan
John Piper
oil on canvas
12in x 12in
Sold

Paintings Shown at 20/21 International Art Fair, May 2015




Dusk
John Piper
oil on board
12in x 18in
Sold

Miner's Row
John Piper
oil on board
6in x 9in
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Derelict Farm
John Piper
oil on board
12in x 18in
Sold

Paintings Shown at Praed & Piper, April 2014




Coastal Blue
John Piper
oil on canvas
36in x 24in
Sold

Headland
John Piper
oil on board
12in x 12in
Sold

Penwith Carn
John Piper
oil on canvas
36in x 24in
Sold

Paintings Shown at Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, May 2012




Penwith Fields
John Piper
oil on canvas
24in x 24in
Sold
Bay
John Piper
oil on board
24in x 12in
Sold

Penwith Red
John Piper
oil on canvas
32in x 32in
Sold

Paintings Shown in Praed and Piper, June 2011




Spring Farm
Oil on board
12in x 12in
Sold
Autumn Stillness
Oil on board
12in x 12in
Sold

Summer Blue
Oil on board
12in x 12in
Sold

Paintings Shown in West Cornwall Perspectives, May 2010




North Coast Terrace
Oil on canvas
36in x 36in
Sold

Summer Coast
Oil on canvas
24in x 36in
Sold

Coastal Hamlet
Oil on canvas
24in x 24in
Sold


Paintings Shown at Painters of West Cornwall, November 2009




Headland
Oil on board
12in x 12in
Sold
Summer Evening
Oil on canvas
36in x 36in
Sold
Above Zennor
Oil on board
12in x 12in
Sold

Many of the unsold paintings are still available to purchase. Please contact us for details.