global harvests Banana & Cacao, Rice, Potato

Artist John Dyer is recognised as one of the UK’s leading ethnobotanical painters. He has been appointed as the artist in residence by the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, Bioversity International in Costa Rica and the International Center for the Potato in Peru.

Peru - the United Nations Year of the Potato

A 46 minute video diary by John Dyer shot in Peru

John Dyer painting for the United Nations Year of rice in the Philippines

'Global Gardens' painting project with John Dyer & Kim Wilde

Over 500 school children engaged with John Dyer’s ethnobotanical art work through the ‘Global Gardens’ project which the artist ran with Rock Star Kim wilde, the National Trust, Gyllyngdune Garden and Falmouth Art Gallery.
  • “I have always had immense respect for anyone who chooses to take time to interpret our world for us through painting, and feel especially privileged to have hosted such an inspired artist in our back garden!”

    Kim Wilde
    Rock Star and Gardener
  • “John Dyer is one of Britain's leading and best known contemporary painters. Born in 1968 his work embraces colour and the 'Song of Life'.”

    National Trust
  • “IRRI had the pleasure of hosting John Dyer as our artist in residence for the United Nations’ International Year of Rice. John produced a series of paintings that interpreted the relationships among people, the rice plant and the rice ecosystem..”

    Duncan Macintosh
    Development Director for the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines: 2004
  • “We asked John Dyer to paint bananas in Costa Rica because they are a smallholder crop – grown in people’s back gardens and farms along with lots of other fruits and vegetables. John’s pictures are all about diversity and bringing out what might pass unseen. In this case, it seems to have been scorpions!”

    Charlotte lusty
    International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain: 2003
John Dyer's Global Gardens Project was kindly supported by Falmouth Art Gallery, The National Trust, Rock Star Kim Wilde, CGIAR, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Heritage lottery Fund

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John Dyer’s Global Gardens Project was kindly supported by Falmouth Art Gallery, The National Trust, Rock Star Kim Wilde, CGIAR, Gyllyngdune Gardens, Heritage lottery Fund