Noted British artist lands exhibition close to home

Nicholas Hely Hutchinson, ‘On the Cliffs by the Pinnacles,’ oil on canvas, 24 x 30in. Image courtesy of The Jerram Gallery

DORSET, UK – Dorset is fortunate in having one of the county’s most accomplished landscape artists exhibiting at the Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN this autumn. From Nov. 6–21, the gallery is holding an exhibition titled “Landscapes and Memories | Paintings of Dorset and Beyond by Nicholas Hely Hutchinson.” This is his first exhibition in his home county having previously only held exhibitions in London and abroad.

There will be 35 paintings in the show of views painted mainly in Dorset, capturing the atmosphere of the changing seasons, autumn into winter, followed by spring going through to the summer. With the weather constantly changing, the atmosphere of the landscape shifts through the seasons and by capturing this, his paintings produce a kind of delicacy and elegance. Nicholas engages the beauty of the county in all its splendor and his love of Dorset shines through his work.

Hely Hutchinson portrays on canvas that touch of magic that makes his paintings so identifiable. His style stems from the romantic painters of the 19th century resulting in the soft flowing form that his paintings take. As a student he was taught “if you are an artist … you will think about it all of the time” and he reiterates this point “when I am not painting in my studio, I am always thinking of painting and looking at things while I am driving about or walking, be it a long straight sunlit road, lined with telegraph poles and a sparrow hawk slips over the hedge … these are possible elements for a picture. I suppose it is as much part of the creative process as actually painting in the studio.”

Hely Hutchinson has lived near Blandford for the last 25 years where he has a studio. His daily routine is to take a sketchbook and pencils when out walking where he will do rough drawings and then back in the studio he will work it into a more intricate drawing before starting on the canvas.

Born in 1955, Nicholas Hely Hutchinson studied at St. Martins School of Art. His first one-man show in London was in 1984 and since then he has exhibited constantly in London, Dublin and Hong Kong. To learn more about his work an excellent 20-minute film titled Nicholas Hely Hutchinson – Artist in a Landscape is well worth watching.

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to enjoy the paintings with plenty of space while maintaining a safe distance. The artist will be present in the gallery on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6–7th November. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated color catalog and can be viewed online at from the beginning of November.