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Painting the Colours of the World. John Dyer at 50. A Retrospective

Painting the Colours of the World.A Retrospective Exhibition to celebrate John Dyer's life and work to mark his 50th Birthday. The exhibition is listed in the Royal Academy's latest magazine as one to see.

Exhibition continues from: 21st April to 23rd June 2018

Venue: Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2RT

Opening times: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm. Free entry. Wheelchair/pushchair access is by lift in the side entrance to the right of the building

“What I particularly like about this man is he takes very serious subjects and handles them with a lightness of touch which makes people not feel they are being preached at or made to feel as if they are guilty as sin or that we are necessarily going to hell in a handcart today, but there is always a slight warning that it might happen tomorrow! It is marvellous to have an artist of international standing from Falmouth.”
Sir Tim Smit KBE


The reviews are in:

“Delighted at your totally deserved success.” Sir Tim Smit, KBE

“I feel so privileged to have been a tiny part of your journey and, by association, immensely proud.” Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE

“When the sun decides we’ve had enough summer there is no better place to be than Falmouth Art Gallery at the John Dyer exhibition - bursting with light and joy. Wonder with a message.” Dea Birkett - Founder of Kids in Museums, Journalist and writer.

“Happy 50th John, you have not only perfected your own life-affirming art, but more importantly I can clearly see you have perfected the art of living!” Kim Wilde - Rock star

“John's brave use of colour and broad truthful brushstrokes make a direct hit on the retina.” Toyah Willcox

“Thank goodness for John Dyer, I say, not just because I am lucky enough to be able to afford his paintings, but because they make me feel good and I never tire of seeing them on my walls. John is an artist who reaches the parts that many other artists cannot.” Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, DL


John Dyer will be 50 in May of 2018 and Falmouth Art Gallery have long planned to celebrate this milestone in the life of Cornwall's best-loved artist by holding a retrospective exhibition. The exhibition will represent the artist's paintings from the early 1990s to the present day, with a focus on his global environmental painting projects alongside garden paintings and works from Cornwall. It promises to be one of Cornwall's key exhibitions of 2018.

Falmouth Art Gallery will be running a series of workshops interpreting and finding inspiration from John Dyer's paintings for community groups and schools during this exhibition. Please contact Falmouth Art Gallery if you are interested in booking into these.

Some of the paintings in the retrospective exhibition will be available for sale as they are being released from the artist's private collection. There will also be paintings featured on this exhibition page that are important works from the artist's last 25 years of painting, that due to space limitations, will not be available to view in the exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery.

NEW 'Painting the Colours of the World' Book

We will be publishing a spectacular coffee table 350 page hardback A4 full-colour book about John Dyer's work to accompany the exhibition. Written by Kate Dinn, MA (a former curator of Falmouth Art Gallery) and featuring contributions and interviews from a wide variety of people involved with John's work including a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh, MBE and comments from Sir Tim Smit, KBE and Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE. The book closely follows the exhibition and focuses on the areas of Home and family, Cornwall, Gardens at home and abroad, environmental paintings and the Spirit of the Rainforest project. It is a must-have book for all who appreciate the art of John Dyer, collectors, and schools. Published price £39.95. Please order now to guarantee your copy.


Above: John Dyer painting in Costa Rica in 2003 © Dr David Ashe

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