Jurassic Coast captured in new art exhibition

A NEW art exhibition at Lyme Regis Museum will capture the beauty and drama of the Jurassic Coast, spanning 95 miles from East Devon to East Dorset.

The exhibition ’95 Miles in Paint’ by Colin Bentley, will be held at the museum from June 1 to August 31.

After studying a fine art painting degree at Birmingham School of Art, Colin moved to Devon, an area that had always inspired his work, specialising in landscapes and seascapes.

Since 2016 he has been involved in a three-year project in collaboration with charity the Jurassic Coast Trust to tell the story of the coastline through painting and drawing its stunning landscapes.

Colin explains that in order to do this, he needed to understand the coastline’s geology, history and people.

He commented: “I’ve known the Jurassic Coast for over 20 years but am only now exploring its geology.

“When an artist studies life drawing, they are encouraged to look at the anatomy of the human figure. As with drawing the human figure, painting this coastline without an understanding of its geology would be difficult because the landscape would then be just a view.

“Landscapes actually are full of history, drama, emotion and life.”

Working with the Jurassic Coast Trust’s volunteer ambassadors and students in local schools, Colin hopes his work will take on greater meaning, so the paintings are not just records of places but of people as well.

Museum director David Tucker commented: “This is a wonderful exhibition, and where better to see Colin’s magnificent work than our Rotunda Gallery against a backdrop of cliffs and sea?”

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