Published on 08/18/2010
THIS summer's exhibition at the National Trust's Trelissick Gallery sees its walls flooded with radiant colour and vibrant light as John Dyer shows his latest works.
Featuring many beloved sites near his Cornish home, these works were painted by John in the spring and early summer of this year.
Full of spirit, these pictures are a ready antidote to any summer days of cloud and drizzle, the Cornish sun in John's paintings pours across the land and sea. Water sparkles and flowers glow with rich strong colours. All perhaps informed by his recent time spent painting in the south of France.
John delights in where he lives and what he sees. For him landscapes are not empty places, beautiful when devoid of people. The Cornish scenes John portrays positively crackle with activity with brightly coloured boats, families and children, swooping seagulls and bouncing dogs all thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The quality of life and its celebration are at the core of John's paintings. As is his strong interest in the environment and conservation.
This has led to his working across the globe on projects in the Amazon, the Philippines, Australia, Japan and many parts of Europe and to his supporting work with the National Trust.
John has also been resident artist at the Eden Project for a number of years.
John is a natural communicator whose paintings speak directly to a part of us we all share but at times perhaps forget its value as adulthood adds its layers to how we see the world.
There is innocence and optimism in John's painting which are simple pleasures and much joy is to be had in sharing them.
John says of his work: "I have been lucky in that people have always enjoyed my paintings. I try to focus on the positive elements of life, the things that inspire me, 'the song of life'.
"My work is a natural response to the world around me, contemporary, and as individual to me as my handwriting or thumb print.
"I hope that I bring part of myself to the viewer through my work, and that the viewer brings an equal amount to my paintings – if this happens then I have succeeded in my aim. I hope that the sum of the two adds up to far more than I could ever know."
John Dyer's exhibition of paintings can be seen in The National Trust's Trelissick Gallery at Trelissick Garden at Feock near Truro until September 1.
Budding artists are also being given the chance to get creative at Trelissick this week as the garden hosts Art Week until Sunday.
There will be an art trail in the garden every day this week, as well as a photography competition inspired by Heart Of Cornwall. The winner will have their image used at properties at Trerice, Trelissick and Glendurgan.
There will also be a number of workshops taking place at the National Trust site. The first today (Wednesday) runs from 11am to 4pm and is a chance to make a monster out of recyclable material in the stables.
On Friday from 11am to 4pm visitors are invited to make models inspired by the art in the Trelissick Gallery, including John Dyer's colourful collection.
Finally on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, artist Reece Ingram can be found in the park creating a magnificent work of art from Trelissick wood. Watch as his artwork emerges over the weekend.
For more information on Trelissick see www.nationaltrust.org.uk
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