John Dyer Painting. Yawanawá Tribal Ayahuasca Ceremony, Amazon Rainforest
"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 with lots of dancing, music and singing."
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
Above: John Dyer painting the ayahuasca ceremony in the middle of the Yawanawá tribe's village of Mutum in the Amazon Rainforest.