Dyer is well known for his exuberant and brightly coloured paintings
of Cornish scenes and is now one of Cornwall's best known artists.
of his work are available in poster and art card form all over the
world. Instantly recognisable (often by quirky seagulls flying overhead)
John's paintings have a palette of mediterranean or caribbean colours
with sunny yellows and deep turquoise sea blues. They're all optimistic
and are full of fun and happiness.
image of Tresco (detail)
has been Painter In Residence at the Eden Project and through his
work there was invited by INIBAP to help them promote the social,
environmental and horticultural work they undertake in areas of
the world where bananas are grown.
shapes and textures of the plants were a particular interest for
John who has also become well known for his paintings of other gardens.
Spending time on Tresco on the Isles of Scilly led to a series of
images of the magical Abbey Garden and he has produced a series
of limited edition prints based on his work in Alan Titchmarsh's
famous TV 'Gardeners' World' garden "Barleywood".
in the heat and primitive conditions of Costa Rica proved quite
a challenge for John - spiders and scorpions were everywhere and
even appear in some of the paintings - but he thoroughly enjoyed
his time overseas and is pleased with the work he created. These
Costa Rican paintings will form part of an important exhibition
to be held in Cornwall next year and John hopes his association
with INIBAP will continue in the future.