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Above: Artist John Dyer painting in the rainforest of Borneo with endangered orangutans.

John Dyer

John Dyer Book. Painting the Colours of the World. Foreword by Alan Titchmarsh

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Over 320 paintings feature in this 350 page A4 hardback book about John Dyer. A definitive account of his life & work. The background stories & history that makes John Dyer's art so special. Foreword by Alan Titchmarsh & written by Kate Dinn, a former curator of Falmouth Art Gallery. A spectacular art book that is sure to inspire.

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Description Art book
Paper type 170 gsm silk
Number of pages 350
Cover style Hard back
Book page size A4: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN number 978-1-9996432-0-1
Foreword by Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, DL
Author Kate Dinn, MA
Publisher The John Dyer Gallery
Number of photographs in book More than 180 photographs of the artist and key moments from his life and career
Number of paintings illustrated More than 320 paintings are illustrated in the book
Book Title Painting the Colours of the World


John Dyer is one of Cornwall’s best-loved artists, whose colourfulplein-airpaintings are also deservedly popular around the world. This beautifully-designed book celebrates the first 50 years of John’s life and art. With many photographs and 320 colour reproductions of his paintings – including his work with the Eden Project, collections from his environmental trips to Costa Rica, the Philippines, Australia and Peru, the atmospheric series ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’, glorious gardens in the UK and on the Côte d’Azur, and his ever-popular Cornish coastal and garden paintings – it is a visual treat. Thebook finishes with an intriguing glimpse into this dynamic artist’s future plans in ‘Last Chance to Paint’.

“This is a stunning book, beautiful rich colour reproductions of hundreds of paintings and produced on thick silk paper. It is a premium quality production. Full colour glossy hardback cover. You will be delighted with this book and it would make an incredible gift for anyone who loves the art of John Dyer, Cornwall, colour or paintings of the world.”


"I have had the privilege of having John paint my garden, and my house, and enjoyed the way the mood of his paintings changes subtly to reflect their location – both in the UK and overseas – from the beaches of Cornwall to the depths of the rainforest. Atmosphere is everything in a John Dyer painting, and this is a fitting celebration of fifty years spent admiring the world around him, much of it spent depicting that world in paint. His style is like that of no other artist, but then neither is his character."

Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, DL

Divided into seven main chapters.

  • The making of a painter
  • Home and family
  • Cornwall the gateway to the World
  • Gardens at home and abroad
  • Environmental art
  • Spirit of the rainforest
  • Last chance to paint

"Putting together this book Painting the Colours of the World has been a joint effort in the best sense. It includes contributions from his wife Joanne and daughters Martha-Lilly and Wilamena, as well as whole-hearted tributes from many people who have generously shared their thoughts and memories for the book, and lent their treasured paintings to the exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery with which it coincides. "

Kate Dinn, MA

With contributions from The Eden Project and Survival International.

This book has been made possible by the generous support of Falmouth Art Gallery

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