As Minister for the Arts, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and many friends of much loved Tasmanian artist Geoff Dyer, and acknowledge his enormous contribution to the creative and cultural sector.

Mr Dyer was one of Tasmania’s most respected and talented contemporary artists, with a career spanning over 50 years.

His inspiring work was displayed at exhibitions all over the world, including 10 solo exhibitions in Hobart. His paintings are currently a part of several collections around Australia, including at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

Mr Dyer was just the second Tasmanian in history to win the Archibald prize in 2003, with a portrait of author and fellow Tasmanian Richard Flanagan.

His love of Tasmania and its beautiful landscape will continue to live on in his extensive body of work.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts