Jo Dyer is an Australian Contemporary Artist born in Port Fairy, VIC and based in Newcastle, NSW.
Her work explores existential themes rooted in experiences that are deeply personal yet universal, such as the search for meaning and coming to terms with loss. Ever curious about the human condition (and with many psychologists in her family), Dyer studied some psychology at university before dropping the major to pursue a more experiential approach to understanding human behaviour via creative arts. Since graduating Dyer has taken part in a number of solo and group exhibitions and has been involved in various projects and studio spaces through city revitalisation initiative Renew Newcastle. In 2013, two of her works were included in the Newcastle Emerging Art Prize and in August 2018 Dyer will participate in The Other Art Fair in Melbourne.
Dyer continues to refine her approach to producing work that is deliberately emotive, combining expressive layers of colour and texture to render her figures like portals into their own emotional landscapes. Seeing beauty in vulnerability, she aims to illuminate experiences often avoided or hidden, believing that acknowledgement is a powerful catalyst for transformation. Her current body of work explores the therapeutic connection between nature and bereavement.
Jo’s solo exhibition G A R D E N S T A T E opens at 2pm on Saturday 18th August 2018 at Gallery 139 – Please come & have a drink with the artist