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 Jimmy Dyer  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas/New Mexico      Known for: buildings, luminous landscape and floral painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information was submitted by the artist in October, 2003.

Jimmy Dyer is dedicated to communicating through his art the beauty that he sees in life.  He searches for landscapes that are colorful and light filled and believes it is important to paint directly from life to create art with integrity and energy.

Dyer says, "I love the challenge of trying to capture many different things at once: the effects of light, form, an unusual design, the magic of nature, and the power of the human face and form. I especially love trying to capture the effects of sunlight."

Many of his landscape subjects are from New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona and came from a time when he lived in Santa Fe. Dyer has found it necessary to travel in order to maintain vitality and inspiration, and has since painted in Europe, South America, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as subjects from the Pacific to the Atlantic in the States.

His paintings include the people of Ecuador, Peru and the Caribbean and the landscapes of Vermont, Maine, New Mexico, and the Rocky Mountains. Dyer says, "I am endlessly fascinated by new people and places and desire to search them out far and wide. For example, some of my most revered subjects are the indigenous people of the Andes Mountains. I remain in awe of the spiritual quality of their simple, yet difficult lives."

Working in oils, Dyer does plein-air painting.  He earned a bachelor of Arts degree in Art, cum laude from University of Dallas.  His art has been exhibited in numerous shows at The Grapevine Gallery, as well as the Gilcrease Museum, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, and The Albuquerque Museum.  His work had been featured in Western Art Digest and Southwestern Profile magazines.

He currently lives in Texas with his wife, Amy.



Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas with three areas of study: Painting, illustration, and advertising design. Graduated Cum Laude.

Studied architecture for two years at Texas Tech University.


Grapevine Gallery : One Man "Open House" Show, August 1992, August 1993, August 1994, August 1995, August 1996, August 1997, August 1998, August 1999, August 2000, August 2001, August 2002, Oklahoma City, January 2003, August 2003.

Gilcrease Museum : "American Art in Miniature," 1992,1993,1994.

National Museum of Wildlife Art : "Western Visions" miniature shows, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Albuquerque Museum : "Miniatures '94", "Miniatures '95", "Miniatures '96", "A Tapestry" , 1986.

Settlers West Gallery 's "American Miniatures," 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995,1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Settlers West Gallery 's Summer Show, 1988, 1989,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995,1996.

"The Classic" art show and sale, Albuquerque, 1986,1987,1995, 1996.

Alterman Art Gallery's "Miniatures, Small Paintings and Sculpture Show,"
1985, 1987, 1988.

The Greenwich Workshop Gallery's "Miniature Show," 1985,1986,1987.

Corpus Christi Gallery's "Miniature Show," 1985,1987,1988.

"Preview 1988," "Preview 1983," annual auctions put on by Texas Art Gallery.

Artists Union Gallery's "Miniatures 1985."

"Haley Library Western Art Show", Midland ,Texas, 1985, 1986.

"Biltmore Celebrity Show," 1983, 1984.

"Shriver Gallery Annual Summer Show," 1983,1984.

10th and 11th "Annual Stamford Art Foundation Art Exhibit and Sale," 1983, 1984.

"Southwestern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition," 1982


Western Art Digest , January/February, 1987.
Southwestern Profile, Feature article, September, 1984.

Biography from Pitzer's Fine Arts:
Jimmy Dyer is an artist who has worked long and hard to build his career as a fine art artist, and create his own identity in his art work. He developed his career under the influence of some of America's finest painters while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, particularly Wayne Wolfe and Tom Lovell. There and in Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming he had access to an abundance of spectacular, luminous landscapes. Needless to say, he recognized the necessity to travel in order to maintain vitality and inspiration for his light-filled paintings.

Over the years he developed a knack for finding captivating landscapes and subjects he paints directly from life, creating art with integrity and energy. Working in oil, Dyer seeks to combine the light, color and "painterliness" of plein-air painting with the solid drawing and tonal accuracy of more academic styles of painting.

"I love the challenge of capturing the many different aspects of my subject in a short time. The effects of light, form, an unusual design, the magic of nature, and the power of the human face and form; especially, capturing the effects of sunlight".

Dyer feels that his constant challenge of new subjects from his travels stretches his abilities as an artist and allows him to return to his favorite subject with new knowledge and a fresh eye. "I am endlessly fascinated by new people and places and desire to search them out far and wide. Some of my most revered subjects are the indigenous people of the Andes Mountains. I remain in awe of the spiritual quality of their simple, yet difficult lives".

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