John Dyer

John Dyer
John Dyer
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  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet









John Dyer was a painter and Welsh poet who became a priest in the Church of England. He was most recognised for Grongar Hill, one of six early poems featured in a 1726 miscellany. Longer works published later include the less successful genre poems, The Ruins of Rome (1740) and The Fleece (1757). His work has always been more anthologised than published in separate editions, but his talent was later recognised by William Wordsworth among others.

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It is much better for a poor man in this country than it is in Ireland. But if the Irish immigrants knew how hard they would have to work in the first 6 months in this county, few would ever come here. Immigration & Emigration
Digital media has destroyed much of the magic and mystery of the medium.
During the winter when the weather is too poor to work outside, I do use drawings and photographs, but I change my work so it is not just a time and place study. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I apply paint directly from the tube and with my fingers.
I decided to become a painter when my first four paintings where all published and attracted a great deal of interest. I exhibited one of them and it was sold.
I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing. Life ;Time
I have improved the way in which I paint. The colours are cleaner and there is more energy in the brush work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have lived in Cornwall from the age of 4, so I have always been aware of the artistic heritage that the county has. I feel very proud to be able to connect to this.
I love the sea's sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the colour of the water over white sand, surprises me every time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I paint what I see, not what a camera would see.
I realised that if I did what I wanted to do, it would work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I really enjoy squeezing out a big lump of paint directly onto the canvas and leaving it; fresh, immediate and sometimes shocking.
I still take photographs for my own use, personal studies. I do not feel that I can fully express my views through the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting.
I studied for my degree in London and consequently ended up spending five years away from Cornwall. I deliberately moved away from the coast to experience a different way of life. Life
I use a wide selection of colours. It is impossible to produce work like mine using only the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I use about 20 different colours to retain the luminance in my work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I used to own a dingy and can still sail one if pushed, but I like the pleasure boats.
I want to paint big, bright, optimistic pictures of the place I love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I was told I was talented when I applied to Falmouth School of Art and that I should consider skipping the course and proceeding directly to degree level. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In some parts of the world there is very little tidal movement.
It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy.
My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My great love is my home county of Cornwall, I love to sit and watch people enjoying themselves on the beaches and in the harbour towns of Cornwall. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My optimism for life carried through my work. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
On my return to Cornwall I discovered that I was living in a tropical paradise. For now I am content to explore my own home and our nearest neighbour France.
Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it. As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy, I never tire. Freedom & Liberty
St. Michaels Mount is a favourite place of mine; people will walk across to the Mount all day and assume they will be able to walk home. The spectacle of hundreds of people realising that the path they walked over on is disappearing under several feet of water is very amusing.
The lifestyle that an artist can have, the freedom to wander in the landscape with no real pressure or deadlines, was a very attractive one. Freedom & Liberty
The majority of my work is from life. I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The most amazing thing to me about the sea is the tide. A harbour like St. Ives is totally transformed in a very short space of time by the arrival or departure of the sea. Time
The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me.
While I was at college studying design I decided to paint. I was also greatly inspired by the colours that I had seen on my travels in the Brazilian Rain forest.