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John Dyer Painting. Water Buffalo and Rice Terraces, the Philippines

Painted in the rice terraces of the Philippines this gorgeous John Dyer canvas captures the beautiful landscape and biodiversity of the area. The purple sky complements the orange hues of the rice straw. A water buffalo stands in the center of the composition and the farmers use palm leaves and straw hats to protect against the tropical sun. Read more below.

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Description Framed Original Painting
Artist Cornish Artist John Dyer (born 1968)
Signed by the Artist Signed by John Dyer
Painting size 24 x 24 inches
Medium Acrylic on canvas
Framed size 32 x 32 inches
Frame type John Dyer: In the 1950s simple neutral frames became popular for St Ives artists. John chooses an off-white so the lightest tones appear in the painting. The moulding is a variation of 'Salvator Rosa' from Italy. Hand finished in almond white paint.
Ready to hang Strung with picture cord and ready to hang

"South of IRRI in an area of low rice terraces, I find myself painting beneath a coconut tree and feeling rather anxious as the wind starts to rise! The terracing of the land creates a natural drawing of the contours and compartmentalised the areas of colour and texture. A water buffalo stands motionless in the heat – only visited occasionally by a white stork. A rat runs past my paints making me jump and I am reminded that it could have easily been a snake and that farming has a variety of natural risks. The people wear traditional hats to shade them and wear large dried palm leaves on their backs for shade. Thunder clouds gather over the landscape and tropical rain threatens. The water buffalo finally sits down as I complete the canvas with towering palm leaves and swooping birds." John Dyer



John Dyer Book - Painting the Colours of the World

The painting is featured in the book 'Painting the Colours of the World' by Kate Dinn.

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