Jeremy Gardiner: Jurassic Coast | Events at The Victoria Art Gallery
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Jeremy Gardiner

Jeremy Gardiner: Jurassic Coast

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This exhibition featured the celebrated Jurassic Coast seen through the eyes of landscape artist Jeremy Gardiner, who lives in Bath and is well known for his unique portrayal of the British coastline.

Gardiner collaborated with Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution  to display real specimens of fossils from the area - ammonites, marine reptiles, brittle stars and plant-like forms called crinoids – all of which occur in the artwork. Also included was an accurate 3D map displaying the locations of the pictures.

Image: Jeremy Gardiner

The exhibition linked two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Jurassic Coast and Bath, with the aim of inspiring visitors to explore another World Heritage site just an hour’s drive away. The Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile long stretch of coastline running from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in East Dorset. Its geology spans the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, 185 million years of earth's history.

The pictures and monoprints span 20 years and reflect a unique relationship with this rich and exceptional site. In an attempt to emulate the effects of geological time, his working method involves scouring, building up layers of paint, collaging and sanding down.