Coastal landscapes set to feature in new exhibition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 September 2017

Orcombe point.jpg - Orcombe Point, Exmouth. Oil on Canvas. 150 x 50 cm.

Orcombe point.jpg - Orcombe Point, Exmouth. Oil on Canvas. 150 x 50 cm.

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Coastal landscape paintings of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton are among a Jurassic Coast art exhibition coming to Sidmouth's Kennaway House in October.

Landscapes and portraits by East Devon-based artist Colin Bentley will be exhibited from October 21 - 27. It will feature paintings of iconic coastal landscapes between Exmouth and Beer, including Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, and Ladram Bay.

The exhibition is part of a three-year collaborative project between Colin and the Jurassic Coast Trust. Once complete it will take in all 95 miles of the World Heritage Site, between Exmouth and Swanage, in Dorset.

The project will feature three major exhibitions between 2017 and 2019, each focusing on a different section of the coast, and part proceeds from sales of the project’s artwork will be donated to the Jurassic Coast Trust to help protect and promote the Jurassic Coast.

Colin, whose most recent exhibition, focusing on Dartmoor, was displayed at Ottery St Mary’s Hind Street Gallery, said of his forthcoming exhibition: “I’m amazed how much this coastline has affected my paintings.

“When I paint rocks, they now seem more solid. The geology has crept into the paintings without me noticing.”

To help inspire his artwork, Colin has collaborated with the Jurassic Coast Trust’s local volunteer ambassadors, drawing on their geological expertise to bring the coast to life in his works.

As well as coastal landscapes, the exhibition will feature portraits of each of the ambassadors with whom Colin has worked.

Guy Kerr, from the Jurassic Coast Trust, said: “Colin has integrated brilliantly into our group of ambassadors, spending time with them out on the coast, getting to know each part of the landscape and incorporating their knowledge of the rocks into his artwork.

“Each of our ambassadors has their own particular connection to the coast, and it is this distinctiveness that we want to capture in our project.”

He added: “As we approach our first exhibition in Sidmouth, we’re all excited to see the final products of Colin’s hard work. The money raised from sales of the artwork will contribute significantly towards looking after our World Heritage Site for all to enjoy.”

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