Return of the Fish Lizard

The Fish Lizard of Lyme, the hero of a children's book by Carolyn King published earlier this year, makes a welcome return to his inspirational home in an up-coming ArtsFest exhibition at the Lyme Regis Museum’s Rotunda Gallery. From 4 December until 26 January, Carolyn will be sharing her fascinating journey with the Fish Lizard across the borders between fine art and illustration in a show entitled ‘Blurring the Boundaries’.

The Fish Lizard of Lyme

Firmly rooted in the fine art tradition, Carolyn first created the Fish Lizard as a sculpture. By later turning it into a children’s book, her drawings and paintings for it became ‘illustrations’. Yet this journey is also a story of Carolyn’s development as an artist in a medium (egg tempera) now normally associated with fine art.

In this engaging and challenging exhibition, Carolyn will encourage us to think about the boundaries between fine art and illustration and whether these borders exist in the mind of the artist, the viewer or both. “Viewers respond differently to cartoon strips and abstract paintings,” explains Carolyn, “while appreciating intuitively the qualities of line, colour and concept behind both. But how does the artist negotiate these boundaries? That’s what I hope to highlight in this new show.”

'At first all the people ran away'

‘Blurring the Boundaries’ is a continuation of the Lyme Regis ArtsFest-Museum initiative called re:collection, which is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am-4pm. Please check the Museum website ( for holiday opening times.

Published on 23/10/2013.

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