1 Golden Cap from Hardown Hill 2 MB copy

Portraits of Golden Cap

Local artist Edward Hall explores the icon­ic form and set­ting of the high­est point on Eng­land’s south coast in a series of ver­ti­cal portraits.

18/01/23 – 05/03/23
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
Monday, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 16:00
Various admission charges.
Local artist Edward Hall draws his inspiration from the dramatic coastal and inland landscapes of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. His latest exhibition, ‘Portraits of Golden Cap’, explores the iconic form and setting of this highest point on the south coast.

After a career as a chartered landscape architect that left little time for painting, Hall made a recent lifestyle change that resulted in a move to West Dorset. Living in Ryall, the village on the slopes of Hardown Hill between Lyme and Bridport, he didn’t have to venture far from home to be inspired to make his earlier series of paintings entitled ‘A Year on Hardown Hill’.

He has created this all-new collection of oil paintings specifically to exhibit in the unique space offered by Lyme’s Rotunda Gallery. The nature and arrangement of its walls suggested to him a series of vertical portraits, rather than the usual horizontal landscapes. He found that creating portrait paintings of landscape subjects presented a particular challenge and demanded a different approach to composition, resulting in a fascinating emphasis on foreground.
1 Golden Cap from Hardown Hill 2 MB copy