John Dyer Painting. Freeze-Dried Festival Potatos, Isla Taquile, Peru View larger

John Dyer Painting. Freeze-Dried Festival Potatoes, Isla Taquile, Peru


A spectacular painting full of colour, history and magic. Painted in Peru, this John Dyer canvas features guinnea pigs, humming birds, flamingoes, ibis and more. A stunning hot sky radiates warmth and energy. The painting is full of stories. If you love the art of John Dyer and the landscape of Peru this painting will resonate with you. Read more below:

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Description Framed Original Painting
Artist Cornish Artist John Dyer (born 1968)
Signed by the Artist Signed by John Dyer
Painting size 24 x 24 inches
Medium Acrylic on canvas
Framed size 32 x 32 inches
Frame type John Dyer: In the 1950s simple neutral frames became popular for St Ives artists. John chooses an off-white so the lightest tones appear in the painting. The moulding is a variation of 'Salvator Rosa' from Italy. Hand finished in almond white paint.
Ready to hang Strung with picture cord and ready to hang

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The potato festival, which celebrates the earth and Pachamama, is rooted in the need for the harvest to succeed and for the ability of the people to be able to forecast the weather and seasons. The people look at many natural signs to help them judge what and when to plant. The diversity of animals, birds and fish are used as signs for how the coming season will be. The island has two distinct seasons, a wet summer and a dry winter and this painting captures, I hope, the importance of the culture, environment, biodiversity and seasons. Potatoes are spread on the ground to bake in the day and freeze at night; the temperature plunges from 25°C to sub-zero each evening. Often the people will trample the potatoes underfoot to squeeze the last drops of moisture out. This freeze-drying not only allows the crop to be stored for decades as a food source, but it also triples the value of the crop when trading on the mainland. Last year in the dry cold season it suddenly rained unexpectedly causing the loss of much of the harvest as it laid exposed in the fields. This year, following the many hours of dancing, music, beer drinking and coca leaf chewing, should be a better result! John Dyer

John Dyer Book - Painting the Colours of the World

The painting is featured in the book 'Painting the Colours of the World' by Kate Dinn.

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