Julian Dyson was a British Outsider Artist, entirely self-taught, from St. Mawes in Cornwall. Dyson initially qualified and practised 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 opportunity. His early work, until 1975 or so, is the only period of his art which shows any influence, and is typified by enquiry into the work of artists as diverse as Francis Bacon, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney. He abandoned his short-lived influences suddenly, and with some confidence: it was in drawing the landscape that Dyson found "a feeling of rhythm slowly developed". His first solo show took place in 1972 at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, and was followed by many more in most of the well known Cornish galleries, the high point being a solo exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery in 2001. His work can be found in the permanent collection there, and in many private collections worldwide. He was a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, and was elected president of The Group of Twelve at its formation in 1996.
Pictured: Churchyard, graphite on paper, from one of the artists sketchbooks dating to the early 1970's.