Please meet outside the museum for Fossil and Mary Anning Walks.
Fossil Walks provided by Paddy Howe of the Fossil Workshop.
Mary Anning Walks provided by Natalie Manifold.
Lyme Regis History Walks provided by Chris Lovejoy.
The Fossil Foreshore Triptych
Michael Blooman, Watercolours & Original Prints
8 September to 31 October 2018
This brand-new exhibition inspired by the Jurassic Coast showcases the Fossil Foreshore Triptych, the work of artist and Uplyme resident Michael Blooman.
Blooman 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.
Michael 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.”
The 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.
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.”