St Barbe Museum displays exhibition of new prints by Colin See-Paynton

Exhibition of prints of the natural world by Colin See-Paynton ‘Nocturnal Encounters’

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

27th September – 8th November

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Nocturnal Encounters, a new exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington displays a mix of new and earlier prints of the natural world by wood engraver Colin See-Paynton.


Entirely self-taught, Colin See-Paynton began to make prints in 1980 and soon established himself as one of the world’s most revered printmakers. His work is based on the meticulous observation of the natural world, inventing complex compositions that link species and their habitats.

He uses his knowledge and imagination to construct engravings of great complexity and refinement and has evolved something new by the patterning and layering of his images. Colin’s work displays a love and understanding of nature as well as the skill of a master engraver.

Widely regarded as the leading exponent of wood engraving in the UK, Colin’s work is represented in many private and public collections around the world including the V & A, Fremantle Museum & Art Gallery Australia, Barcelona, The National Museum of Wales and the Yosemite Wildlife Museum, California to name but a few. He has travelled with Artists for Nature Foundation to the Pyrenees and Alaska to record and highlight, through his art, the threat to wildlife caused by man’s exploitation of these area’s natural resources.

Colin exhibits widely and was here at St Barbe’s in 2009 with his hugely successful touring show ‘Of a Feather’. Since then he has produced a whole body of new work which will be exhibited under the title ‘Nocturnal Encounters’. Many of these new engravings are based on studies of the wildlife around his home in Wales.

Wild brown hares are of particular interest as Colin explains “Brown hares have lived and bred in our garden over many years and for many generations, hares are quite mysterious and generally more active during the night time and so I wondered what other creatures of the night they might then encounter. From my imaginings comes a new series of wood engravings: Nocturnal Encounters.”


Tickets to Nocturnal Encounters and St Barbe Museum, open 10am til 4pm, Monday to Saturday, costs £4 for adults, £3 for senior citizens and students, £2 for children aged five to 15, and £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children; under fives admitted free of charge.


For more details visit or telephone 01590 676969; for more information about Colin See-Paynton visit


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