DARIEN, Conn. -- The Geary Gallery of Darien will present “Peaceful Impressionism” featuring the timeless sea and sky paintings of Jillian Dyson, who splits her time between Greenwich and New Zealand.
Her exhibit runs Tuesday, Jan. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien.
Dyson grew up on a coastal farm in New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Islands. An avid horse rider, she spent much of her time riding on magnificent shorelines where she developed a lifelong passion for the sea and sky. It was this, she believes, that planted the seeds for her desire to become a fine artist.
With this in mind, at age 20, she set off to study art at the great European museums. Florence, Italy became her home away from home. She sketched the character of the people on the streets and painted endless landscapes. With her passion, commitment and talent she was able to sell her work to survive.
It wasn’t long before a series of galleries picked up her work, including Liberty of London. It was a remarkable beginning to her lifelong journey as a painter. Five years later, Dyson left Europe to settle in Sydney, Australia, where she quickly became sought after as a portrait painter. She received commissions to paint Sir Peter Abeles of TNT Transport and Ansett Airlines, as well as yachtsman Alan Bond of America's Cup fame and other notables. In 1996, Dyson's work caught the eye of a New York dealer in London. She became the resident artist at the Antipodes Gallery in Katonah.
Recently, Dyson was invited to hang 22 of her works in a gallery created on the events floor of the fourth tower of One World Trade Center, though it’s not yet open to the public.
To view her work, click here.
For more information on the exhibit, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.
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