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Kevin Dyer
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
My Adventures as an Artist
I am self instructed as an artist. I first got started as a street artist painting the occasional wall mural or anything else someone was foolish enough to let me put my brushes to. In 1976 I did my first outdoor street festival and knew that was my life to come. The first couple of shows were all drawings and watercolors, but I could see that doing multiples was the only way to make enough affordable original art to keep going. So I took up printmaking. Mostly etchings and mono prints. With original hand pulled prints I could put my best effort into a plate and still be able to sell for a reasonable price. The same philosophy works with paper casting.

Over the 10 years I spent as a print maker I evolved into relief printing with embossing. I began to make paper to print and emboss on. Embossing involves making a plate, placing soaked paper or it and running it through a press. This was pretty easy but the detail and depth are limited. You can only stretch paper so far. I really wanted sculptural depth. Then one day I was looking through an art magazine and saw an example of cast paper. I thought "I can do that, and probably a lot better." (Self doubt is not my problem). And sure enough after about 3 years of errors and trials I developed my techniques. In about 5 years I had enough molds to do paper casting exclusively.
Paper Casting

Paper casting is to me the perfect medium. It allows me use almost every skill set. A typical piece begins as a drawing or two. Then I sculpt it in wax. This is a long refining process and often the image sculpted is far different that the drawing. Then I build a dam around the wax and pour a rubber mold directly off the surface. A casting is made by pressing wet cotton pulp into the mold and extracting the water. Then I finish the surface.
While every piece that emerges from the mold is about the same, no two are really painted the same. Maybe I would if I could, but the painting process is always in flux. I am always experimenting with ways of mixing colors or washes and hard edge or new pigments. I send about 75% of my time with the painted finishes.
Artistic Inspiration

When I see or dream a thing that moves me in that way I try to distill the essence of it and add it to my bag of tricks. I am something of a student of ancient art and particularly interested in Celtic history, but I am not interested in reproducing artifacts or furthering a traditional technique. There was an original impulse for man to do art in the first place. Images and objects that take us out of our day to day consciousness. A magic icon or at least a feeling that allowed the viewer to step out of the ordinary world of words and survival and allow a more ancient wisdom to arise. I am looking for that magic.
,When I am working, it never really seems like I am alone. It’s a strange feeling like channeling a human need to create. Voices of the past seem to want pass along a vision or standard. But then again, perhaps I am alone too much. Anyway, I hope that some of these images speak to you and you can find your own magic....... Kevin Dyer

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00SIMPLESOUL00 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student General Artist
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MirroredPurity Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Hah, I'd found you on Facebook not too long ago. I'd come across someone submitting your work into the fantasy art group I manage. Nice to see you here. :)
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kevindyer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, it's nice to be here.
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Traveler55 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Wow great work !
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kevindyer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank You
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KingVintage Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave:Welcome to :iconwe-are-artist: we're pleased to have you join our group we hope you enjoy your time with our group we look forward to seeing your art in our :gallery:

Welcome to the group!
If you have any question or suggestion feel free to note us.
~Group Founder
ps Welcome to DA!
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   General Artist
Wow! What a beatiful treasure trove your gallery is. I love every piece.
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CarlynnRose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to Deviant Art! :) You have a beautiful gallery!
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