Devon and Dorset landscape prints on display at Lyme Regis Museum

Steve Manning’s ‘Colmer’s Hill’

EXETER-based printmaker Steve Manning will shares his landscapes of Dorset and Devon in an exhibition at Lyme Regis Museum this month. 

Steve works out of an attic studio that commands fine vistas of clouds and sky. The landscapes of Dorset and Devon have understandably become the subject of much of his work, including this exhibition, ‘Big Skies, Distant Views’, one in a series of Lyme Bay Arts exhibitions at the museum’s Rotunda Gallery, from December 8 to January 16.

“I am particularly interested in the cloudscape and it often informs the overall composition of the completed print,” said Steve. 

“For me the challenge is to render distant vistas and ethereal skies using a medium – multi-block and reduction printmaking – usually associated with bold blocks of colour. I achieve this by either lightening colours with white or thinning them with extender.

“The end results are prints that could be described as having a ‘painterly’ quality. I probably should be a water-colourist, but I love the combination of craft and fine art that printmaking offers.”

For further information about opening times and admission charges for ‘Big Skies, Distant Views’, visit the museum’s website

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