David Dyer was born at Camborne in 1947. He was the nephew of W G S Dyer and worked in the family art shop in Camborne as a picture restorer and framer. He studied under Malcolm HALLETT and Donald SWAN and his earliest subject matter was still life.
He worked in oils and acrylics and became inspired by the Cornish scenery, particularly the coast and the mining landscape. Much of his early work bore the signature OWENS. In the 1970s and early 80s he had a studio at St Ives but then worked from a studio at his home in Illogan. He published a series of greetings cards and prints based on his work. He died in May 2006 at the young age of 59.