Dorset WW2 defences

One of these works has been selected for the Summer Exhibition 2018, Royal Academy, London, June 12 - August 19

Pillbox near railway bridge in Sterte, Poole, 2017

Coastal defences

These paintings, mainly from 2017, look at a small number of the WW2 Pillboxes, Dragon's Teeth and Lookouts on the Dorset Coast, in Purbeck and further West. Further works are planned and/or in progress.

These structures were built to protect the coast of England, specifically the Dorset coast, against invasion by sea.. They could then have played a significant role if foreign forces had crossed the Channel. The context in which these structures exist has been changing during the Post-War years, and is now changing again. We are living in politically significant times.

The Kimmeridge beach pillbox below is a Type 25 Pillbox. The few Dragon's Teeth still remaining in position represent the larger numbers deployed to prevent access by foreign tanks.

These paintings reflect the current state of several WW2 artefacts at actual locations in Dorset.

Coastal locations:

1. Upper shore, near Gaulter Gap, Kimmeridge.
2. Redend point, Studland.
3. Bran Point or nearby.
4. Elevated 20 feet up side of bank on the slipway road, Kimmeridge.
5. On top of White Nothe.
6. Near Redcliff Point.
7. Near Osmington
8. Ringstead bay
9. Edge of Flowers Barrow
10. Swanage

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