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John Dyer

Biography

 

 


"John Dyer is one of Britain's leading and best known contemporary painters. Born in 1968 his work embraces colour and the 'Song of Life'. John's subjects are mostly places he knows well and they often have a strong autobiographical content. John's paintings are optimistic, dynamic and exciting, resulting from a working method that is unique to him and which enables him to react directly to nature."

The National Trust. UK.

. Quotes about John Dyer

"Looking at your own garden through someone else's eyes is always interesting, but when the eyes belong to John Dyer then you hope that he will see something that allows him to use those vibrant colours he has on his palette. "

Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH


"I have always had immense respect for anyone who chooses to take time to interpret our world for us through painting, and feel especially privileged to have hosted such an inspired artist in our back garden!"

Kim Wilde


"John's pictures are all about diversity and bringing out what might pass unseen."
Charlotte Lusty
International Network for the Improvement of Banana & Plantain


"a fabulous collection which perfectly epitomises Eden..."

Tim Smit

"John's work makes you want to touch felty leaves, squeeze fat fruit, push your nose into flowers and breathe deeply. It's no surprise that his paintings are popular the world over; whether he is painting a vineyard in Provence, the Humid Tropics at Eden, or docks and beaches in his own native Cornwall, he touches a very human need - the innocent thirst for light, pattern and colour. We sense in John's paintings the sheer human thrill of being alive.."

Sue Hill

Art Director of The Eden Project
 
"Cornish artist John Dyer has built up an enviable reputation with a host of successful exhibitions behind him and numerous poster and print publications promoting his work worldwide. 'Cornish Safari' consolidates a reputation that is founded on his love of painting the people and places of Cornwall."
Inside Cornwall Magazine
 
"Walk into a room full of John Dyer's creations and you connot help but be bowled over by their sunny optimism, their colourful exuberance. They tell stories of seaside days and adventures into the natural world, of exploring our surroundings with a genuine joie de vivre. His distinct style is internationally renowned and he has travelled widely, depicting the relationship between people and their environment in places as diverse as Australia, the Philippines Costa Rica and Japan "
Lucy Cornes
Journalist
 
. JOHN DYER CV

BIOGRAPHY

John Dyer is one of Cornwall's best known artists. His work has been widely published and is available in poster and art card form all over the world. John Dyer was born in Taunton on May 24th 1968. He completed a Foundation Art Course at Falmouth School of Art in 1987 and went on to gain a BA Hons Degree in Graphic Design at Middlesex Polytechnic in London, showing his final year work at the Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden. Since graduating John has concentrated his time on painting as well as teaching as a part time lecturer at Falmouth College of Arts. John's paintings are bold both in terms of imagery and colour. His palette has a mediterranean or caribbean feel with sunny yellows and deep turquoise sea blues. The paintings are very optimistic and are full of fun and happiness with more than just a touch of humour with imaginary animals and creatures used as recurrent themes. Colours are placed in large areas creating a base pattern on which the other elements are placed.

Charity

John's has raised money or awareness for the following charities & organisations:
Precious Lives
Sail Training Association - Tall Ships
Gardens for Schools
Save the Children UK
Rainforest Rescue International
Children in Need
Cornwall Gardens Society
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
King Charles Primary School
The Eden Project
International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain, France
International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome


Environmental

John's worlk has been used to help to raise awareness for the following organisations
INIBAP (Internatioanl Network for the improvemnet of banana and plantain)
EDEN (The Eden Project)
IRRI (The International Rice Research Institute)
IPGRI (The International Plant Genetic Resources Institute)

John's paintings are in the Permanent Collections of:

The National Trust
The Eden Project
Save The Children
The Tresco Estate
The Falmouth Public Art Gallery

Mixed exhibitions

Royal Photographic Society, London
Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden,
London Young Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
'Open House' 1991, Newlyn Orion, Cornwall
Mid Cornwall Galleries, Par, Cornwall
Juliet Gould Galley, Fowey
Trelissick Gallery, Truro
Chalk Farm Gallery, London
Artifex Gallery, Birmingham
Falmouth Art Gallery
Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge

Selected Exhibitions

June 1990 Bursary exhibition at Thames Television, Tottenham Court Road, London
November 1990 Three person exhibition with Taja & Penny Tajima Simpson at Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
May 1994 Two person exhibition with artist Joanne Short at Juliet Gould's Gallery, Fowey, Cornwall.
July 1994 One man exhibition "Sun Sea & Fancy Free", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
May 1995 Exhibition of paintings with Jack Pender, Anthony Frost, & Bryan Pearce at Juliet Gould's Gallery, Fowey, Cornwall.
July 1995 One man exhibition "Cornish Fancies", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
August 1995 Two person exhibition with artist Joanne Short at Juliet Gould's Gallery, Fowey, Cornwall.
July 1996 One man exhibition "A Splash of Summer", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
Summer 1996 “Views of Falmouth" By Artists from Turner to the Present Day, Falmouth Art Gallery.
July 1997 One man exhibition "Beneath Cornish Skies", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
October 1997 One man exhibition "Mad about Cornwall", Artifex Gallery, Birmingham.
July 1998 One man exhibition "Tall Ships and Small Ships', Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
July 1999 One man exhibition "Watching and Waiting" ', Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
September 1999 Joint Exhibition with Joanne Short & Ted Dyer "Provence colour and landscape", Cork Street, London.
July 2000 Joint Exhibition with Joanne Short "Beachy Treats, on holiday at home", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
July 2001 One Man Exhibition "A Piece of Eden", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
July 2002 Joint Exhibition with Joanne Short "Tresco a Cornish Paradise", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
October 2002 Exhibition at the Eden Project - paintings of Italy.
July 2003 Joint Exhibition with Joanne Short "St. Michael's Mount - the sound of the sea", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
September 2003 Joint Exhibition with Joanne Short & Ted Dyer "Italy Luce e Colori", Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
July 2004 One Man Exhibition "Cornish Safari", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
October / November / December 2004 Exhibition at the Eden Project - 'Rice is Life'
2004 Falmouth Art Gallery - The River
2005 Falmouth Art Gallery - Tremendous
2005 One Man Exhibition "South Coast", Beside The Wave, Falmouth, Cornwall.
2005 Exhibition "Round about Tresco", Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly.
2006 Exhibition at the Eden Project - Banrock Station Paintings.
2006 Exhibition with Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly. with Joanne Short
2007 Exhibition"Paintings from a small island" St Michael's Mount with Joanne Short
2008 Exhibition "Singing and Zinging" Paintings from Giardini Hanbury and Riviera. Monaco.
2008 Exhibition "Tall Ships and Small Ships '08" National Maritime Museum.
2009 Conservatoire Expo, Côte d'Azur, Menton
2010 Carwinion House and Garden
2012 Ethnobotanical Art at Falmouth Art Gallery
2012 Global Gardens - Gyllyngdune Gardens and National Trust Trelissick

Residencies

2000/01/02/03/04/05/06/07/08 Painter in residence, The Eden Project, Cornwall
July 2002 Resident artist with Alan Titchmarsh - a garden portrait
April 2003 One week residency in Costa Rica for the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain.
August 2003 Resident artist with Kim Wilde - a garden portrait
April 2004 Resident artist for the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
June 2004 Resident artist for BBC Gardeners World Live
2005 Resident artist for 'Africa Calling' Live 8
2006 Resident artist for Banrock Station, South Australia
2006 Resident artist for St Michael's Mount with Joanne Short
2007/08 Resident artist for Giardini Hanbury, Italy
2008 Resident Arttist for Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta.
2010 Artist in Residence for Darwin 200 and Newquay Zoo
2012 Artist in Residence for Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth

Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society

Fine Art Publications

John's paintings have been reproduced by:
Canns Down Press, Beside The Wave Publishing, & The Art Group.
1989 Poster published by Athena.
1990-1994 Art Cards published by Canns Down Press.
1996 Poster published by The Art Group for Habitat.
1997 Posters published by The Art Group.
1998 Posters published by The Art Group.
1998 The official limited edition print of the Tall Ships' Races published by Beside The Wave.
1999 Eclipse Limited Edition published by Beside The Wave.
1999 Eclipse Diary for Primary Schools
2000 Millenium Limited Edition published by Beside The Wave.
2000 Posters & Art Cards published by The Art Group.
2001 The official limited edition print for The Eden Project published by Beside The Wave.
2001 The 'John Dyer Collection' Calendar, Diary, Posters and Drawing book published by the Eden Project.
2002 Tresco limited editions, Eden limited editions
2002 Alan Titchmarsh 'Barleywood' limited editions
2002 Alan Titchmarsh 'Barleywood' posters for Gardeners' World Magazine
2003 National Maritime Museum Limited Edition Print
2003 Save the Children 'Rice and Hope' Limited Edition Print
2004 Eden Project Limited Edition Prints - Bulb Mania!
2004 New ARTCafé range for Alan Titchmarsh Products
2005 Canns Down Press - Art Cards
2007 The Robertson Collection - Art Cards
2008 The Eden Project - Art on demand range
2008 Official Limited EditionPrint for Tall Ships Races
2010 The John Dyer Gallery- Art on demand range
2012 The Truro City Guide

Magazine Publications

John's paintings have been featured in many magazines including:
Art Review
Homes and Gardens
Artists and Illustrators
Times Educational
Eden Friends
BBC Radio Times
Amateur Gardening
Garden Answers
Gardens Illustrated
Inside Cornwall
Cornwall Today
County to Sea Magazine
And many more...

Live Events

'Planting and Painting' an evening with John Dyer and Alan Titchmarsh at the Eden Project January 2003
'To Eden and Beyond' The banana story Co presented with INIBAP September 2003.
'Rice and Hope' Launch of the beat poverty campaign October 2003
Gardeners World Live June 2004
Launch of 'Edible Playgrounds' with Creative Partnerships at Eden
Live event with the manager of Banrock Station Tony Sharley at the Eden Project - May 2006
Live Event for Falmouth Tall Ships
Live Event for Gyllyngdune Gardens
Live Radio Broadcasts with BBC Radio Cornwall


School visits

John has given his time to many schools and has visited and talked to hundreds of children including:
King Charles Primary,
Porthleven
Threemilestone
Probus
Perranwell
Devoran
Wendron
Winscombe Primary School

and many many more.


Teaching

John taught part time at Falmouth Art School for nine years from 1991 to 2000 on many courses including:
BA Illustration, BA Journalism, BA Graphics, Foundation.

Competitions

John has judged many art competitions including:
Trebah Gardens Easter Egg painting competition
BBC Radio Tall Ships Painting competition
Tall Ships 1998
Tall Ships 2008
Girlguides Centenary
Darwin 200

All paintings on this site are the copyright of John Dyer © 2008
and may not be downloaded or printed without the artist's written permission.

 

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