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Fusion, or synthesis, is the process of combining two or more distinct entities into a new whole.

My oil over a digital canvas print is 32″ wide x 48″ high and is from my series of paintings that I call Inner Space.



“Formation” an oil over digital canvas print painting by John Foster Dyess

My painting Formation was selected by Jurors Sun Smith-Foret and David Brinker for the Art St. Louis exhibit Heaven and Earth.
There were 247 artworks submitted by 104 regional artists for the jurors consideration.

Art St. Louis is located at 1223 Pine Street, St.Louis MO 63103. the opening reception is Saturday, January 18, 5-7 pm. The exhibit runs from January 18 until February 12, 2020

This painting is 33″ x 32.5″.


Zeke Dyess working at radio station

Zeake Dyess Radio engineer at a St.Louis radio station.

This photo of my father  was taken at  radio station WTMV .
“In those days there were engineers who did all the technical work  in radio, and announcers and talent worked in a separate room. Engineers were also needed every time the station did a remote broadcast” and STL Radio Hall of Fame copyright 1999-2007

My father  moved to St. Louis from Covington, Louisiana in 1932, and married my mother Adele Kestler  on August 12,1933 . He worked in a filling station and as a night watchman at a radio station. He didn’t have a high school education. His brother-in-law S.M. Foster worked as a radio engineer at KMOX. My father studied at night to pass the test to become a licensed radio engineer.

He worked as radio engineer at WTMV during the 1940,s 1950,s and 1960,s. He was a member of Local Union # 4  I.B.E.W.
John Dyess

Zeke at WTMV with Robert BQ

This is  photo of my father Ezeakiel (Zeake) Dyess on the left, standing next to Robert BQ (Burris).
This is a promotional photo used on a calendar for radio station WTMV in 1955.
My father was a Radio engineer and Robert BQ was a Radio personality (disc jockey) working at WTMV. They are holding a LP record. I still have some of these records.
The photo would have been taken in 1954. My father would have been 45 years old in 1955.

“Robert BQ (Burris) came to St. Louis from a radio job in Jacksonville, Florida, and stayed in the market for over 20 years.

He was the morning disc jockey at KATZ in 1964 when he was promoted to the job of program director. In that position he hired and supervised some of the station’s most popular personalities, gaining a national reputation for KATZ as a power in Black radio.

His radio career here began at the short-lived WBBR in East St. Louis, where he worked as an engineer. It was that talent that led him to his later innovations in multiple track audio recordings, which he used to record some of the area’s most popular R&B groups.” Media History foundation

When this photo was taken the call letters for the station was WTMV
I don’t remember my father saying that Robert BQ was a radio engineer while working at WTMV.
I do remember that my friend Lee Herberger  and I went to the station, which was located in East St.Louis, in the Broadview Hotel and spent a few minutes on air talking with Robert BQ. I think Lee did most of the talking.


Today I taught a class called Drawing for Graphics at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.The class is from 9:00 am until 12:50 pm.  The students were completing an assignment to create a Silhouette drawing and line drawing of an ocean fish. Their line drawing will then be used for a laser engraving.

laser engraving

This image is a laser engraving of a ink drawing of a fish I created for a textbook illustration in the 1990’s. This engraving was created several weeks ago at the Center for Visual Technology at St.Louis Community Collage at Meramec. This was a test of the new laser engraving machine.This image was engraved on black mat board. The tan color is a result of the engraving process. This sample was used to explain the engraving process to the students.

I have taught at Meramec as an adjunct professor since 1997.


DCF 1.0

Several years ago I was watching a U 2 concert on television and took photos of the screen.Here a a few of these photos. I find the blurred images very interesting. I painted some areas using a Photoshop brush.

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0


Teddy Roosevelt

I was employed as an illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company from 1969 until 1980 and had a great opportunity while working there to create many illustrations. In 1971 I illustrated, using markers and white paint, a series of portraits of famous Americans. These illustrations were for Heinz and were used on mailers sent to their employees to motivate them to encourage their customers to stock Heinz products. They won award points for each item stocked.

Marker layer for Teddy art

My process to create these illustrations started with using “Magic Markers” on tracing paper to create an abstract design. I sprayed the marker drawing with Crystal Clear fixative, which created a texture of spots. I placed a pencil outline drawing of “Teddy” Roosevelt under the tracing paper then applied the markers.

acetate overlay

I laid the pencil drawing of Teddy under clear acetate and painted with Pro White paint the structure of his face. When I was finished with the white painting on acetate I laid it over the marker painting. The offset printing company took a photo of the acetate over the marker painting and  positioned it with the type. A few thousands of the announcement mailers were sent by mail to the employees of Heinz. This was before computers were used to create art and print.

Today I created category tags, using a similar technique, to hang with my paintings for my one person show on Sunday May 20, 4:00pm until 7:30 pm in the Gallery Within-Webster Groves Christian Church. Below is one of the category tags.
wanderer with texture

color fun 2

I had fun tonight creating this digital image. John Dyess

hair dryer002

Before the internet most illustrators  collected reference images ,usually cut from magazines, which were put in categories. I have five five drawer file cabinets of reference folders of many things. I started this reference collection in the 1960’s. I’m beginning to throw these cut out images away. I decided to share some of these images on my blog. This page contains magazine advertisements from the 1960’s.

Magnavox portables

children watching tv

This add was for a company that made insulation for mobile homes.

wash machine

Alternative Universe 2

Yesterday I started and finished this image ,which I have titled “Alternative Universe”. It is part of a body of art, I call “Inner Space”, that I have been creating for about two years. This image represents energy and movement. A new universe forming.