Jurassic Coast, 95 miles of coastline

3 years of art

The sea has always been a major part of my life, and painting the coastline is an important aspect of my artwork. I’ve spent time painting in Cornwall and most of Devon, but the Jurassic Coast was an area that I hadn’t explored enough.

The geology had always fascinated me but it’s something I had very little knowledge of. Since late 2016 I’ve been working with the Jurassic Coast Trust’s volunteer Ambassadors to gain an understanding of the geology, history and people that comprise this incredible World Heritage Site.

This culminated in an exhibition at Sidmouth’s Kennaway House in October 2017, showcasing landscapes from East Devon’s section of the Jurassic Coast, as well as portraits of eight of the Ambassadors.

In 2018, I’m turning my attention to West Dorset, painting iconic landmarks like Golden Cap, Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland as well as a new set of Jurassic Coast Ambassadors’ portraits.

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Ambassador Portraits

In collaboration with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. A four year project.

John Wokersien by Colin Bentley

The Jurassic Coast Ambassadors are a diverse group of people who give their time voluntarily to further the cause of the Jurassic Coast Trust by leading walks, giving talks, assisting at events or writing articles. They also act as advocates in their local communities, telling people about the World Heritage Site and what makes it globally unique.

The Jurassic Coast’s landscapes are an obvious starting point for an artist to explore its character, but its people are often overlooked.
Working with the Ambassadors over the past year has made me realise that this coast’s human connection is equally as important as its dramatic geology.

The portraits are my way of recording the people I encounter on my journey across the World Heritage Site; their input and enthusiasm has made me look at this coast in a whole new light.

Colin Bentley.



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