He has spent the last five years exploring locations on the south coast, and now these stunning images of Dorset are to be unveiled in a new book and exhibition by Jeremy Gardiner.

South by Southwest: Coastal Landscapes is being launched at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington on January 25. The works will be on show here until March 22, when they will then move to Falmouth Art Gallery, from March 28 to June 13, and finally to The Nine British Art in London from June 24 to July 10.

Recognised as one of Britain's leading landscape painters, Gardiner has taken his inspiration, not only from the natural world, which has long been a feature of his work, but from popular portrayals of the coastal landscape in travel posters, guidebooks, postcards and ViewMaster reels.

The book includes paintings of iconic subjects such as Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks, St Michael’s Mount and the Seven Sisters, and of the stunning Dorset coastline, such as Lulworth Cover, Chesil Beach and Portland Bill.

Gardiner's work reflects a deep, long-term interest in the geology of landscape and how it is shaped by the forces of nature. The incorporation of tiny man-made architectural features – a lighthouse, cottage or tin mine chimney remind us how small and recent mankind’s intervention has been.

His working method involves creating distinct layers of colour by building accretions of paint, collaging, scouring and sanding down in an attempt to emulate on the surface of the paintings, the effects of geological time on the terrain.

This fully illustrated book, which has a strong Dorset focus, features recent paintings on panel and paper that follow Gardiner’s painting expeditions from north Devon to Kent. The paintings are accompanied by essays provided by Andrew Lambirth, Christiana Payne, Judith LeGrove and Steve Marshall which look at Gardiner’s work in the context of contemporary and historic coastal painting and the art of posters and popular guides.

South by Southwest: Jeremy Gardiner Coastal Landscapes is published this month by Sansom & Company, priced £25.