Uplyme artist to showcase work inspired by Jurassic Coast at museum

Michael Blooman with the Albion Press used to create his latest work

LYME Regis Museum is thrilled to be opening a new exhibition showcasing the work of Uplyme artist Michael Blooman. 

Opening on September 8 and running until October 31, ‘Fossil Foreshore Triptych’ consists of three large linocut limited edition prints produced on an Albion Press dating from about 1850, used originally to print posters. The press weighs over a ton, and creating each print was a painstaking process as each one had to go through the press twelve times.

Visitors will be able to watch this creative process thanks to a video that Michael has produced to accompany the exhibition.

Michael trained at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s and became an art lecturer and teacher. While living near Maldon, the East Anglian Coast became a subject of particular interest, and a fascination with coastal areas has endured, inspiring his work.

He said: “I’ve been captivated by the uplifted strata and shale of the Jurassic cliffs in Pinhay Bay just west of Monmouth Beach, finding a primeval solitude there which inspired my Fossil Foreshore Triptych.”

Director of Lyme Regis Museum, David Tucker, added: “One of the Fossil Foreshore original prints can be seen on permanent display at the museum, so we’re delighted to be able to exhibit the Triptych and related watercolour studies in the Rotunda – and delighted too that visitors will be able to enjoy them against the stunning backdrop of the Jurassic Coast from which Michael drew inspiration.”

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