Brockley Art House – a live/work artist’s studio overlooking the inspirational Hilly Fields

It is an innovative Pop-Up gallery with intriguing zoned areas, where you can enjoy looking at art within this unusual building, relax, take your time, stand back and enjoy purchasing artwork that you feel comfortable with at prices that suit you.

IMG_2753I have hosted over twenty-five artists and craft makers since occasionally opening the space to the public in 2012. These have included a sculptor in found objects, a silver jewelry maker, handbag designers, a Delpt tile artist, wild food maker, printmakers, painters, sculptors, photographers and an artist who created a bus stop installation directly outside.

Musicians have included a flautist, improvisational pianist, a jazz singer and a guitarist.

The unique element of Brockley Art House is where visitors can enjoy wandering through rooms of art resonating and contrasting hundreds of years in styles and periods with a combination of original antique and vintage artwork alongside the contemporary art.

This will be our first pop-up show since 2014 and the first chance to explore areas that have not been open to the public before.

ART IN THE ATTIC is an innovative Pop-Up gallery with intriguing zoned areas, where you can enjoy looking at art within this unusual building, relax, take your time, stand back and enjoy purchasing artwork that you feel comfortable with at prices that suit you.

We have four featured contemporary artists exhibiting their work at this pop –up, including Kim O’Neil, Paul Trussell, Catherine Clark and myself, David Bottomley.

Kim O’Neil


Kim O’Neil

Kim graduated from Central saint Martins in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art.  Her painting and montage uses the paper minutiae we all leave behind throughout our lives, transforming them into gigantic hand painted monuments.

At her degree show Kim sold part of her collection to Sainsbury, which currently hangs in their head office in Holborn. Her entire debut show collection was sold before the private view in 2006. As her popularity increased, she took on commissions for The Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair, Earls Court and Olympia. During this busy period Kim staged her second solo show in London’s Vyner Street, entitled ‘Till death us do part’, in 2007/8. This was Kim’s take on the “commentary of marriage and the breakdown of structure in society”. The signature piece, an 8ft by 6ft painted marriage certificate, was the talking point of the exhibition.

Kim staged a group project in 2008/9 with artist Nicola Morrison in the Nicholls and Clarke building in Shoreditch High Street. Her work, possibly the most disturbing and explicit so far, featured fragments of death certificates of Jack the Ripper’s victims’ and was made in response to the Ipswich prostitute murders that year. 2010 saw Kim provide a piece for Tamsyn Challenger’s collective project, ‘400 women’ which featured portraits and memorials of murder victims from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.  ‘Sins’ shown in Vyner Street in 2012, a modern incarnation of the Seven Deadly Sins are depicted through the medium of paint and montage. Kim divides her time between her art practice and teaching in her own art school, Paint Modern.

Paul Tressell


Paul Trussell

“I have been an actor for nearly thirty years. I have been drawing and painting for about ten years. I first picked up a pencil during a boring rehearsal and covertly drew my fellow cast members but over the last few years it has increasingly been in the gaps between acting jobs that I have worked on my artistic practice.

The first pieces that I created were three dimensional pictures loosely based on model boxes used by theatre designers to communicate set designs. However, I replaced the invisible “fourth wall” with an actual wall containing a window for the viewer to peep in. I was interested in considering the innate voyeurism that might lead us to watch a piece of theatre.

Alongside this I began to paint dogs. I love dogs and when I paint them I look for their noble side in order to present them with a slightly heroic quality. I began to get commissions but in the times between I started painting from pictures I found on websites of dog rescue centres. I liked the idea of immortalising humble, unwanted mutts (as my own dog once was).

Coming full circle I have just begun creating pictures of actors again although this time with their full knowledge and consent. Gaining confidence with self-portraits but also creating pictures from sittings with actors. The investigation of character perhaps the element closest to the work I have been pursuing for the last thirty years in my other career.”

Catherine Clark

“I started Photography many moons ago and I’ve had the good fortune to photograph hundreds, maybe thousands, of faces, people, places, and things all over the world.  With each person that comes before my lens I am able to see and document their beauty in a way that makes me happy. The great part is it makes others happy too! And so the circle goes, all I want to do is shoot and create imagery that speaks.  I was given my first proper film camera aged 12.  A 35mm Canon, before that it was a bleu point and shoot.


Catherine Clark

I’ve been obsessed with making photographs for a long time.  At 25 I re trained as a chef and my photography took a back seat for a few years.  But now aged 33 I have the passion and desire to shoot again and cook. There is not a day that passes that my life is not touched by imagery or food. My camera and cooking are an extension of my being and my passion is kept burning by viewing, tasting, sharing and creating.

Photographs adorn the walls of my home while the food I cook and flavors I create bring people together. This is the core of my happiness, a camera and some Ingredients and I am transported to a place that allows my soul to soar! It’s extraordinary.”

David Bottomley


David Bottomley

“I am first and foremost a Colourist. My painting is an emotive response to the landscape and exotic colour of flowers and fruit, highlighted in direct sunlight. I am inspired by the structural form and patterns of plants, capturing fleeting light and shadows to produce works of vibrant colour harmonies, often in series of subjects or themes.

Landscapes are often present in the work, forming a unifying link between the background and the still life arrangements in the foreground as viewed through windows. Often depicted through changing seasons of dramatic light and atmospheric effects. Hilly Fields is often the backdrop to my work as it almost spills into the windows of my studio.

Recently, after many years of experimentation, I finally broke through into abstraction. I utilise the same observational technique of landscape using local colour but transforming it on canvas into an arrangement of balance and rhythm of horizontal bands of colour that resonate when combined with other colours.”

This one off Pop-up show coincides with the Brockley Open Studios Weekend where over forty local artists open their studios to show recent work. So a trip to Brockley on the first weekend in July will definitely be an opportunity to indulge your artistic sensibilities and hopefully find that unique and beautiful addition to your home.

Sunday tearoom are hosting afternoon tea and artwork cakes in the attic and on the roof terrace on Sunday 3rd July.


ADDRESS: 12 Montague Ave, Hilly Fields, Brockley, London SE4 1YP
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