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Press Release | John Piper & Michael Praed at New Craftsman | 27 Apr to 24 May

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John Piper & Michael Praed

27 April to 24 May

John Piper | Penwith Farm

New Craftsman Gallery celebrates spring with an exhibition by two of Cornwall's most recognised landscape painters. Artists John Piper and Michael Praed have been friends for over 40 years, and in their different ways create works that define the unique beauty of the far west.

John Piper's love for Cornwall, and for painting, began when he moved to the area as a seventeen-year-old boy. His work centres on the carns, moors, farm buildings and isolated cottages of West Penwith where he lives and works, and the ever-changing textures and colours of this wild landscape. Working purely in oils, he creates richly detailed images by layering and glazing on paint, then scratching into the surface to reveal the familiar colours and shapes of Cornwall's starkly beautiful scenery. 

Michael Praed was born and raised in Cornwall and works from his studio near the village of Newlyn. Focusing on the harbours and fishing ports of West Cornwall, his paintings are concerned not only with visual detail, but with spacing and the positioning of abstract shapes. In his perfectly balanced compositions, the vertical and horizontal lines of harbour walls are contrasted with the softer, more curved forms of fishing boats, and his subtle use of colour and tone capture the luminosity of Cornwall's ocean light.

Michael Praed | Harbour Shapes with Reflections

See John Piper & Michael Praed from 27 April to 24 May at New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE. 01736 795652 / /




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JOHN PIPER Penwith Farm

MICHAEL PRAED Harbour Shapes with Reflections

Editors Notes

New Craftsman St Ives

With an international reputation amongst art and craft collectors for its painting, sculpture and quality studio ceramics, the New Craftsman is regarded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in St Ives. Founded in 1962 by Janet Leach, wife of Bernard Leach, it holds an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's leading art and craft venues. Now in its 55th year, the gallery's annual programme of mixed and solo exhibitions continues to support the work of Cornwall's and the UK's very best painters and craftspeople.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE | Tel: +44 (0)1736 795652 ||


For further press information or additional images contact Mercedes Smith at Fine Art Communications / Tel 07825 270235 /