Strange Scenes from the Borderlands: Dave Wicken

Local artist Dave Wicken reveals the Jurassic Coast as seen from the space between drawing and photography in the latest ArtsFest exhibition at the Lyme Regis Museum's Rotunda Gallery. Scenes such as a tyrannosaur devouring a church and a dragon on holiday in Charmouth will be explored in this imaginative and child-friendly exhibition which runs from 6 August until 14 September.
“I have been shooting and processing my own photographs as well as producing pen and ink drawings for most of my life,” explains Dave, “but a couple of years ago it occurred to me that I could combine the two”. He still uses pen and ink in the traditional way, but adds colour with software. “I can produce some beautiful colours and textures from highly processed original photographs which I don’t think could be achieved any other way.”


Dave Wicken-Big BlueDave has been inspired by the coastal scenery around Lyme Regis, wondering what may have inhabited the place long ago and what may occur there in the distant future. His image of a ten-times life-size blue whale, leaping from the sea and about to crush Lyme Regis under its bulk, was inspired by a nightmare he had when he was four years old, but his photomontage of Lyme slipping into a vast chasm in the ‘Great Landslip of 2039’ is hopefully pure fantasy.


‘Strange Scenes from the Borderlands’ is a continuation of the Lyme Regis ArtsFest-Museum initiative called re:collection, which was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The exhibition is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, visit

Published on 07/08/2014.

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