January 6 – March 6, 2009
The first 2009 Bert Gallery exhibit concentrates on the prolific 20th C watercolor painter, H.A. Dyer (1872-1943). This exhibit gathers a broad collection of watercolors by H. A. Dyer (1872-1943), an accomplished painter known for his use of gouache (an opaque watercolor media). Few Rhode Island artists enjoyed the popularity and patronage that H. Anthony Dyer has in present day and during his lifetime.
A descendent of the art inclined Hoppin family, Dyer graduated from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. No one instructor dominated in Dyer's tutelage, rather it was the school of the "Old-style English method of watercolor painting" that the artist adopted. He was very adept at using both gouache and transparent washes on gray/earth toned watercolor sheets. This technique the artist considered paramount to his proficiently rendered watercolors.
Dyer was quite successful in selling his work at annual Providence Art Club and Tilden and Thurber shows. Yearly sojourns to Italy, France, and England provided him with popular subject matter for Rhode Islanders unable to travel abroad. Dyer exhibited throughout the country during his lifetime, including such locations as Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, Rochester, Syracuse, Fall River, Madison and Providence. Examples of his work in public collections are, “The Road that Leads them Home”, a watercolor, in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; “Marine”, at the Providence (Rhode Island) Art Club; “The Jungfrau”, a watercolor, in the permanent collection Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. In April 1897 he exhibited a watercolor “Meadow Banks”, at the Boston Art Club.