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John's gone bananas!
John Dyer painting
John Dyer at work
Photo Rose Ashe 2002

Costa Rica is the setting for Falmouth painter John Dyer's latest travels around the globe.

The trip's also made him more environmentally aware and provided material for a documentary film.

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John's father Ted is also a well known Cornish painter.

John is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

As part of his training John studied at Falmoth Art School.

 

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John Dyer is well known for his exuberant and brightly coloured paintings of Cornish scenes and is now one of Cornwall's best known artists.

Images 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.

John Dyer's vision of Tresco
John's image of Tresco (detail)

John 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.

The 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".

John in Costa Rica
John at work in the heat and dust. Photo Rose Ashe 2002

Painting 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.

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