Ted Dyer was born in Bristol in 1940. He has lived and worked for most of his life in the Westcountry. His younger years were spent in Devon and Somerset, in 1972 he moved with his family to Cornwall. Dyer paints places he knows well, portrayed with soft colour, light and shade. The feeling is of warmth and friendliness, a relaxed atmosphere, a day at the beach or in the countryside, a quiet corner of a room or boats resting in a harbour. He uses the subtle hues created by the early morning or evening sun to fill his canvas with that indefinably delicate touch. He takes great care with the composition of his paintings using the human figure as an integral part of the total scene. Dyer has been influenced by many different artists and groups including the vitality of the early school of French En plein air through to the Newlyn School and more recently the representational section of the British contemporary art scene. Those different threads of influence and ideas have combined to act as a background and foundation for his work. His work is acclaimed internationally through his many exhibitions, publications, art cards and books and he is one of Cornwall's most widely collected artists.