John Piper and Brighton Aquatints

Alan Powers is a researcher and writer specialising in art, architecture and design. Powers trained as an art historian at the University of Cambridge, gaining an undergraduate degree and a PhD and has subsequently written books on the design of dust jackets, shopfronts, book collectors, and the popular artist Eric Ravilious. His latest project involves a reappraisal of John Piper’s highly collectable early book: Brighton Aquatints (1939), which will be released by the Mainstone Press next year.   

In addition to writing, he has curated several popular exhibitions, including Modern Britain 1929-39 at the Design Museum, 1999, Serge Chermayeff (Kettle’s Yard), 2001, Eric Ravilious (Imperial War Museum), 2003 and Mind into Matter (De La Warr Pavilion), 2009.  An expert on 20th-century architecture, Alan Powers was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2008.

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