Previous John Dyer Projects 2004 to 2015
John Dyer was appointed as the official artist in residence for the ‘Darwin 200’ celebrations in the south west of England. John painted a series of new paintings at the zoo and also travelled to Peru to follow the potato harvest. A community art project was run alongside John’s residency that engaged children in painting and learning about animals and Darwin’s amazing journey around the world.
John Dyer has worked as the artist in residence looking at the World’s main staple foods.
For the United Nations ‘Year of Rice’, John painted for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.
For the United Nations ‘Year of Potato’, John painted in Peru for the International Center for the Potato.
The International Network for Banana and Plantain and the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute asked John to be their artist in residence in Costa Rica painting the smallholder banana harvest, home gardens, and the cacao harvest.
Artist John Dyer has been appointed as the official artist in residence for Sail Training International three times. In 1998, 2008 and 2014. In 2008 and 2014 he not only exhibited his own paintings at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall but engaged children and schools with the Tall Ships regatta through art.
“In 1989 British artist John Dyer explored the Amazon as a photographer for Thames TV. At that time an Amazonian Indian, Nixiwaka, was a small boy living with his tribe the Yawanawá in the Amazon Rainforest. 26 years later John and Nixiwaka met at the Eden Project. John Dyer’s Amazon experience turned him into an artist and painter and John discovered that one of Nixiwaka’s dreams was to paint.
Then in May 2015 we brought these two creatives together in a unique cultural exchange to create a new exhibition of paintings to inspire a new generation to connect to the rainforest.
They worked together in the largest captive rainforest on the planet at the Eden Project to produce a series of new paintings exploring the Spirit of the Rainforest from the Western and Amazonian cultural perspective.” The Eden Project.