Julian Dyson

Julian Dyson was a British Outsider Artist, entirely self-taught, from St. Mawes in Cornwall. He initially qualified and practiced as a dentist: the need to make art, however, proved too strong and he devoted his life to painting, drawing and carving at the first given opportunity.  His early work, until c1975, is typified by enquiry into the work of artists as diverse as Francis Bacon, Patrick Caulfield & David Hockney. He abandoned his short-lived influences suddenly, and it was in drawing the landscape that Dyson found “a feeling of rhythm slowly developed”. His direction became a style, and he stated that “wind and rain decide the way I draw”.  This led to Dyson’s self-styled drawing/painting “emphasising the quality of line which is so central to these images… People and animals have come to dominate this work which is drawn quickly to maintain its vibrancy and life.”