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John Dyer Exhibition I Official Limited Edition Print I Art & Storytelling Competition

The making of Tall Ships & Small Ships 2014 by John Dyer

Artist John Dyer spent two weeks working on his official painting for the Falmouth – Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014. This 3 minute film takes us on his journey from a white board to the finished painting. Be inspired by the work of John Dyer and get involved in the Big Art and Storytelling Tall Ships Project.


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• View the Painting as a large single image

• Find out about John Dyer’s Tall Ships Exhibition Event

• Find out about the Official Limited Edition Print of the Painting

The Background to the Painting
John Dyer worked for over two weeks on this painting. It all began with a walk the artist took from Harbour Terrace in Falmouth to Falmouth Art Gallery. On the walk the artist looked for the essence and structure of the town and imagined the harbour filled with Tall Ships. The painting brings together many events and memories from the artist’s past and also allows us a glimpse into his vision of the future.

“I like to build an image in my mind that references the past, present and future. This image forms the basis of the painting, but it isn’t something that I have to stick too. The painting also has a mind of its own, I let it have a voice to guide me. I use my memories, imagination, mind drawings and photographs to put a painting like this together. It is always a very exciting and exhilarating experience. When I am painting a new piece like this I am time travelling.” John Dyer.

• Watch videos of John Dyer working on Digital Tall Ship Drawings with an iPad 

Watch videos of the iPad postcards being created



The John Dyer Gallery is strictly by appointment only. Telephone: 0777 339 7503.

Artist Information: John Dyer I Joanne Short