Tag: Falmouth Art Gallery

John Dyer – painting the colours of the world

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The John Dyer retrospective exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery was the second of the day for me, as I found myself rushing from one side of the county to the other.

The exhibition lovingly curated and exhibited, complete with new coat of flamingo pink on the walls, was a celebration of John’s 50th birthday and a chance to showcase his huge body of work.

On what had been a glorious sunny day, one of John’s pieces was particularly appropriate. A wave of summer Colour, Gyllingvase,  truly reflected the change in vibrancy the recent sunshine had brought to the town. The gallery was awash with colour from other studies by John from Australia, Peru, the Philippines and the almost local Eden project.

Cornish artist John runs a predominantly an online gallery with his colourist painter wife Joanne Short. They work from a spacious Edwardian property in Falmouth. Together with post-impressionist father Ted Dyer, the threesome makes up one of Cornwall’s well-known families of contemporary figurative painters. All their artistic styles are quite diverse, all three members cite this as a benefit as they continue to learn from each other.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of a new book by John, which boasts a  foreword by Alan Titchmarsh and hundreds of his beautiful paintings from all over the world faithfully reproduced on paper.

Andrew Lanyon – Nature’s Laboratory: A Fantasy

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Once again Falmouth Art Gallery has played host to an engaging exhibition which asks you to question and open your minds.

Nature’s Laboratory: A Fantasy, which will run until mid-March 2018 offers the visitor the chance to ‘immerse ourselves in the tale of Nature’.  Andrew Lanyon’s own work features in this thought-provoking exhibition along with a collective of Cornish artists.

I was lucky enough to attend a short talk by Andrew as the exhibition was being hung in the next gallery. He enlighted us in the processes which help him invent. The use of senses to invent a narrative, in particular, sounds to inspire lyrics.

Andrew Lanyon studied at the London School of Film Technique and spent several years as a freelance photographer. He ventured into book production to accompany his touring exhibitions, The Rooks of Trelawne and The Vanishing Cabinet.  

Andrew has also written highly acclaimed books on his father the painter Peter Lanyon, Alfred Wallis and other painters, sculptors, writers and poets.