Julian Dyson was born in St Mawes, Cornwall, but it was not until 1972 that he began exhibiting his work. His first show (solo) was in Southhampton at the Hansard Gallery. Then after moving back to Cornwall permanently he was elected an Associate of the NSA, and began exhibiting frequently in both solo and group shows in local galleries, including the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance.
By profession a dentist, Julian Dyson increasingly took up the pen and brush to be a prolific artist as he approached retirement, though it had always been a sideline interest. His remarkable, witty and characteristic portraits of both people and animals (notably cats) are both moving and full of empathy and mystery. You do wonder about what the subject is thinking.
His studio sale after a series of group, solo and retrospective exhibitions in West Cornwall, was held by W H Lane in 2009, and most of his remaining works were sold. Two of his paintings are in the permanent collection of Falmouth Art Gallery.
Painter, draughtsman, sculptor
works and access
Works incl: Gull Rock (1984 oil); The White House (1985 oil); Cornish Quarry (1990 oil); Betty in Red (2000), Self Portrait, after Being Diagnosed with Throat Cancer (2000); The Red House (2001 acrylic and charcoal)
Daphne Antiques; Ginger the Cat; (private col); Falmouth Art Gallery
1988: Salt House Gallery, St Ives
1992: Rainy Day Gallery, Penzance
Falmouth Art Gallery (2001)
W H Lane Studio Sale (2009)
2012: 'Soaring Spirits', Falmouth Art Gallery 23 June - 8 Sept
NSA 1987-1995 list
misc further info
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn, Diary of a Gallery p196
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
W H Lane Studio Sale: watercolours, drawings & sculpture of Julian Dyson (15 Oct 2009) illus