John Dyer – painting the colours of the world
FRIDAY 20th APRIL
The John Dyer retrospective exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery was a colourfull affair. Lovingly curated the paintings were exhibited against newly painted walls of contemporary colours. The flamingo pink of one wall was a perfect match for the occasion, a celebration of John’s 50th birthday, and a chance to showcase his huge body of work.
On what had been a glorious sunny day, one of John’s pieces was particularly appropriate. A wave of summer Colour, Gyllingvase, truly reflected the change in vibrancy the recent sunshine had brought to the town. The gallery was also awash with more exotic colour with studies by John from Australia, Peru, the Philippines and the almost local Eden project.
Cornish artist John runs a predominantly an online gallery with his colourist painter wife Joanne Short. They work from a spacious Edwardian property in Falmouth. Together with post-impressionist father Ted Dyer, the threesome makes up one of Cornwall’s well-known families of contemporary figurative painters. All their artistic styles are quite diverse, all three members cite this as a benefit as they continue to learn from each other.
The exhibition coincides with the launch of a new book by John, which boasts a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh and hundreds of his beautiful paintings from all over the world faithfully reproduced on paper.