Tribal people are the guardians of the rainforest all over the world. Their culture and way of life is extraordinary. Artist John Dyer will work alongside Amazon Indian artist Nixiwaka Yawanawá painting in the tribe and will be painting the Amazon rainforest spirits, the rainforest plants and animals and finding out what makes the tribe such an essential part of the health of our planet.
The name orangutan literally means ‘person of the forest’. The explosion of palm oil production in Borneo and other tropical countries is having a huge impact on wildlife but it has also put huge pressure on tribal people whose lives are being devastated. John Dyer will travel to meet the Penan people and to explore their art and culture before meeting orangutans who have been displaced from the forests. Painting in the rainforest of Borneo will provide an amazing opportunity to engage in the culture and knowledge of the Penan tribe and will help to build respect for tribal people and the rainforest.
With Rhino horn being more valuable, in terms of money, than gold or diamond, a terrible pressure has been placed on this amazing animal. Only two Northern White Rhinos now remain on planet earth and many species are now under threat. This is literally a ‘Last Chance to Paint’ project and one that we hope will connect many young people to the precious animals, people and ecosystems of Africa. We are also planning to meet school children from Kenya and to engage them in painting and drawing, to learn their culture and to build bonds and knowledge.
Climate change will force most of Madagascar’s wild lemurs to move their territory over the next 70 years. The Lemurs of Madagascar make haunting territorial calls that once reminded people of ghosts or spirits living in the forest and the word Lemur means ‘ghost’ in Latin. 80% of the habitat Lemurs once lived in has already been destroyed. We will travel to Madagascar to paint the Lemurs and their amazing habitat and to also search for another ‘ghost’ which is a crocosmia flower that has never been painted or photographed before. The flower was last recorded in 1904 in a village in Madagascar and one pressed specimen can be seen in a museum in Paris.
Where will we travel to?There are many potential locations for 'Last Chance to Paint' and we are busily researching and working on a whole series of exciting potential adventures for schools to join us on between 2019 and 2023.
Above: World map drawn by John Dyer using Procreate on iPad with Apple pencil
Previous John Dyer Projects from 2004 - 2015
Find out about some of artist John Dyer’s previous educational art projects