The Jurassic Coast, 95 Miles in Paint - new exhibition to open in Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 31 May 2018

Orcombe Point by Colin Bentley is part of The Jurassic Coast, 95 Miles in Paint.

Orcombe Point by Colin Bentley is part of The Jurassic Coast, 95 Miles in Paint.

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Lyme Regis Museum has announced a brand-new art exhibition which opens on Friday, June 1.

Waves Crashing by Colin Bentley is part of The Jurassic Coast, 95 Miles in Paint.Waves Crashing by Colin Bentley is part of The Jurassic Coast, 95 Miles in Paint.

Lyme Regis Museum will be hosting a new art exhibition which covers the Jurassic Coast.

95 Miles in Paint by Colin Bentley captures the beauty and drama of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, spanning the full 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to East Dorset.

After studying a fine art painting degree at Birmingham School of Art, Colin moved to Devon, an area that has 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.

Colin said: “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, he 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 said: “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?”

The Jurassic Coast, 95 Miles in Paint, runs from Friday, June 1, to Friday, August 31.

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