John Dyer (painter)

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John Dyer (born 1968 in Ruishton, Somerset) is an English painter, focusing on colourful landscapes, architecture, gardens and notable events, especially in Cornwall.


Dyer moved to Cornwall in 1972 to Holywell Bay and attended Cubert County Primary School from 1973 to 1980 and Newquay Tretherras School 1980 to 1986, at both schools with the artist Joanne Short whom he married in 1997.[1] His first published work aged 12 was landscape photography in Amateur Photography magazine. In his foundation year at Falmouth College of Arts he was already selling images to publishers like Athena. He returned to lecture at Falmouth College of Arts in 1992. He completed his BA Hons Graphic Design studies at Middlesex Polytechnic in London, winning a bursary from Thames TV as best student of his year to photograph and record the Amazon rainforest, the first of many overseas and outdoors painting trips [2]

John Dyer is the official artist for the Cornish section of Darwin 200[3] working with Newquay Zoo and Falmouth Art Gallery, commemorating the arrival of Charles Darwin at the end of his HMS Beagle in Falmouth on 2 October 1836.

This continues a commission partnership with Falmouth Art Gallery for the Brunel 200 bicentenary in 2006, celebrating the "Gateway to Cornwall" of the Royal Albert Bridge in 1859 carrying the Great Western Railway over the River Tamar which opened up Cornwall to tourism, trade and the famous art colonies of Newlyn and St Ives.

As a painter of celebrations and events, Dyer also painted the armada of ships celebrating the safe arrival of Ellen MacArthur to Falmouth in 2005 after her non-stop single-handed round-the-world sailing trip of 27,000 miles. Falmouth harbour and Pendennis Castle often feature in his paintings including of the solar eclipse of August 11, 1999.

He was also Official Artist for the Funchal 500 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta in 2008, as well as the Falmouth Tall Ships Race in 1998. John was also commissioned by the architect MJ Long to paint the opening of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth designed by MJ Long.


  1. ^ Joanne Short; Cornwall Artists Index
  2. ^ Chronology from John Dyer: A Vision of Paradise: An Appreciation by Brian Stewart, Truran publishers, Cornwall, 2006
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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