Bottle Bar and Shop took part in last year's third Catford Arts Trail. We were proud and very excited about exhibiting work by the very talented Steve Newton.
It seemed natural and also a real privilege to have his beautiful paintings and sketches on our walls.
The Catford Arts Trail does a fantastic job of showcasing the wealth of local talent and also demonstrates how much Art brings people together.
Feeling inspired by the Arts Trail, we have decided to use our space to support and exhibit local artists at Bottle Bar and Shop on an ongoing basis.
We are very excited to be exhibiting Olivia O'Sullivan's stunning paintings and drawings from the 20 June. The exhibition will focus on Olivia's interpretation of landscapes in south east London.
The landscapes of south east London and elsewhere, and reflections on events past and present, form the main themes of Olivia's work.
Her work is figurative and she often focuses on the architectural and structural forms of the city around her, particularly industrial buildings, blocks of flats, streets and structures of all kinds – scenes of everyday life.
Olivia's paintings emerge through on- and off-site sketchbook drawings and paintings, still and moving digital images collected on her iPhone. Sketches use charcoal, ink, acrylic, watercolour or pastels.
She works mostly on paper – using mainly acrylic, gouache, ink, and charcoal. Within individual paintings or series she tends to use a narrow palette, drawing on a wide range of tools and techniques to develop textures and layers.
A lecturer in primary education, Jane (LinoPrintDesign) took up lino printing several years ago with a desire to do something creative outside of work.
Under the guidance of artist Judith Robertson, Jane learnt the basics of relief printing. Experimenting with different papers, inks and printing methods,
she continues to explore the medium of lino printing. She has enjoyed being able to share her work with the local community at the Catford Arts Trail over the past few years.
A teacher at heart, she regularly runs printing workshops locally and derives as much pleasure from others enjoyment of the process as from printing herself.
Jane focuses on using a reduction printing method to create multi-coloured or shaded prints.
Printing several times using the same piece of lino, layers of colour are added in stages, cutting away sections of the lino and printing in turn.
This process means that every print is unique and limited in edition. She enjoys producing affordable prints of the local area for local people.
As Catford is going through a period of significant development, a new series of prints are currently in the making which aim to tell the story of Catford through its iconic buildings, past and present.
Some of these will be on display, along with prints of the wider area.
Kate has been painting for 12 years and continues to learn. She has recently attended courses at City Lit, the St Ives School of Painting and the London Art Academy, among others.
While studying acrylic and oil painting, she discovered inks as an alternate medium which allowed a significant degree of freedom in working styles.
She continues to experiment with different media, substrates and finishes.
Kate is particularly interested in the interplay of light and contrasting edges, from blurred to sharp, in her work. Each piece aims to emulate both the beauty and feeling that both micro and macro views of the world give rise to – from a cell nucleus to a supernova.
She enjoys the challenge inks present in mastering the unpredictable and sees inks as an ideal medium to express mood and atmosphere.
Luke Agbaimoni is a photographer and designer based in Catford, London.
He has an arts background with a degree in graphic design. However his photography was self-taught after he graduated.
He has a special love for dusk and night photography, enjoying the technical challenge of capturing low light images.
As his life changed, and less time was available to capture the early mornings and late nights, he focused more on his daily commute.
This new direction gave birth to the tube mapper London project and new opportunities and techniques.
The Underground is the backbone of the city of London, a part of our identity. It’s a network of shared experiences and visual memories.
The tube mapper project captures moments of subconscious recognition and overlooked interests, showcasing images that can be seen at every London tube station.