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Gallery History

Beside The Wave Gallery History and  The John Dyer Gallery History

Decades of Art Gallery History in Cornwall

We are delighted to have built up over thirty five years of experience as a gallery in Cornwall.

Our main gallery that used to represent all of our artists was Beside The Wave Gallery in Falmouth which was created and set up by the Dyer family in 1989. It was originally founded as a showcase for the art of Ted Dyer. 

Many people to this day (2022) still assume that Beside The Wave Gallery is the main point of contact for our artists. This is not the case, but there is such an enormous history that it will always be that some people will make this connection and we still have clients going to our former gallery to find our work. The gallery is still there but our artwork and artists are now represented and exhibited by The John Dyer Gallery.

John Dyer and Joanne Short actually lived for a period of time above the Beside The Wave Gallery (as did artist Richard Tuff) and this had an influence on their work as the gallery offered fantastic views across Falmouth harbour. The artist Fred Yates also painted from the building and artist John Dyer had many memorable encounters with Fred while living there. Discover more history and details on how we founded Beside The wave Gallery and why we left

In 2005 The John Dyer Gallery was launched as an online and by appointment gallery showcasing paintings of Cornwall and other global locations and subjects. The new gallery format allowed the artists to work beyond the restrictions of their traditional high street gallery and to forge working relationships with many leading organisations across the world. The format of working with exciting organisations and turning exhibitions into art events in unusual locations has taken the artists and the John Dyer Gallery to a new level that is beyond what could be achieved with a traditional high street art gallery.

In 2007 the Dyer family decided to sell Beside The Wave Gallery to new owners and our artists do not exhibit there anymore.

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Newquay is a small town in Cornwall popular with art and beach lovers alike. The town is known for its dramatic seascapes, which have been the inspiration for many artists over the years. In addition to the beautiful coastline, Newquay also has some of the best beaches in the region or even the United Kingdom.
Cornish seascape paintings and prints are some of the most beautiful and sought-after art in the world. There is something about the rugged coastline and rolling seas that inspires artists to capture its beauty on canvas. In this blog post, we will take a walk with artist Joanne Short around the stunning South West Cornish Footpath from Gunwalloe to the Lizard. We will explore the different coastal scenes that she encountered on her journey, and learn more about her inspiration for creating these beautiful pieces of art.
In this blog post, we will take a look at the work of three landscape painters, John DyerJoanne Short and Ted Dyer, who have all captured the beauty of the landscape in their paintings. Each artist has a unique style, but they all share a love for capturing the essence of Cornwall in their work. We will also discuss the inspiration behind these beautiful works of art.

Both the UK and France are a wonder of the natural world and a landscape painter's dream, and both have played a big part in these three artists paintings. With its rugged coastline, sheltered coves and stunning gardens, Cornwall provides plenty of inspiration for artists, as does France, with its changing light and colourful landscape. 

Tresco Abbey Gardens is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world. Situated on the island of Tresco - part of the group of islands off the tip of Cornwall called the Isles of Scilly, the gardens are full of tropical plants and flowers, towering palms, magnificent proteas, agave, and many, many other exotic plants that create the perfect painter's paradise.