Geoffrey Quentin Dyer (b 1947), artist, was born in Hobart. Selected eight times as a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize, he won this in 2003 with his portrait of author Richard Flanagan. Dyer has also been a finalist in the Wynne Prize (eight times) and the Sulman Prize. Inspired by his local Tasmanian environment, he interprets isolated landscapes in a vigorous, expressive manner, employing richly textured surfaces with rapid, gestural application. After eleven years' teaching he resigned from Head of Art at Burnie Technical College in 1980, and travelled and studied in England, Europe, Greece and America. In 1995 he won an Art Gallery of New South Wales scholarship to Paris. Dyer has exhibited frequently and is represented in public collections worldwide.