"My painting shows a shamanic prayer for an ill member of the tribe. The shaman prays into a shamanic pot. There are two pots shown in my painting and our sacred animal, the snake appears from one pot and then the other. All the energy is forming while the shaman prays and this energy heals the ill person." Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá
"Painted from an extraordinary rainforest treehouse in the Yawanawá village of Mutum. My painting depicts the magical moment a family of black-faced monkeys descended from the canopy. Butterflies, toucans, chickens and members of the tribe watch as the monkeys go to great the great explorer - Robin Hanbury-Tenison."
"This painting is of the ayahuasca ceremony I experienced with the Yawanawá tribe. A fire burns outside the 'shuhu' house. The shaman prepares ayahuasca which allows the tribe to visit the spirits. Members of the tribe line up to take ayahuasca and then sit quietly whilst other members of the tribe sing tribal songs. The evening is long-lasting until 3 am...
"My painting depicts a ceremony in which a shaman prays into a shamanic healing pot to help to heal an ill member of the tribe. The shamanic pot is shown by the negative space the snake creates in the centre of my painting. On the far side of the river, we see the shaman standing over the poorly person. Toucans call from the canopy, butterflies fly past...
"I painted this painting surrounded by the Yawanawá's most spiritual plants in a sacred part of their rainforest. The painting depicts a shamanic pot with a spiritual butterfly emerging. On the ground is Runua the ground snake & in the canopy we can see the sky snake Ashuinka."
"The power and beauty of water combined with the energy and spirituality of the tribe have inspired my painting. Spiritual butterflies fly across the rainforest which is painted with energetic brush marks and colours. The river is the source of life for the Yawanawá and this painting is a celebration of their deep connection to the rainforest."
John Dyer is the first artist to paint the Yawanawá's tribal spirits from the Amazon. The painting depicts how the first Shaman, who became mortal, shared a gateway to the spirit world with his tribe through the Ayahuasca vine. By drinking Ayahuasca the tribe connects to their ancestors. Featured in the new book about John Dyer & retrospective exhibition.
John painted this working alongside an Amazon Indian & his work featuring the Amazon spirits is a world first. The Jaguar depicts the huge power of Vana who is the spirit that the tribe experience when reborn as a Shaman. Tropical plants, birds & butterflies feature throughout the painting. Featured in the new book about John Dyer & retrospective exhibition.