The 15th artist featured in our current exhibition – London Bridge OPEN 2 Boundaries – is Octavia Milner.

London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager, Julio Marques, has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs re-imagined, screen printing and painting on silk.  The theme of the exhibit coincided with The London Festival of Architecture this summer.

Thames Structure 2 (above left)
Acrylic, oil and pencil on paper
33cm x 54cm

Steps by the water (above centre)
Acrylic, soot and rust on canvas
40cm x 60cm

Slipping Away (above right)
Acrylic, soot and rust on canvas
60cm x 90cm

She says:

“For many years I have been taking photographs and doing watercolours of some of the disintegrating industrial structures in the Thames river. In the studio these are the starting point for paintings which are worked on, put aside and transformed. Colour and texture are applied in an intuitive, emotional way whilst the place that first inspired the painting is remembered.

“‘Thames Structure 2’ came about via this process. In ‘Steps by the water’, I have added soot and rust to paint to add colour, texture and substance to my work. The rust was obtained from my own found objects, collected over many years.

“My work is becoming increasingly abstract as in ‘Slipping away’ but still lost landscapes are there to see.”


About the Artist: Octavia Milner is a contemporary painter based in South London. She originally trained as a Textile Designer (Print) and has also worked as a Speech and Language Therapist. For the last three years she has been working as a professional artist and developing her art practice and is currently on a part time Fine Art Mentoring programme at Morley College tutored by Erika Winstone.
Instagram: octaviamilner


London Bridge OPEN 2 – Over 100 artists submitted work for consideration for London Bridge OPEN 2 with 17 chosen for this second exhibit.  OPEN 2 artworks are displayed throughout the public areas of the hotel and its adjoining Quarter Bar & Lounge, allowing potential buyers the opportunity to see an artwork in an environment more akin to a contemporary home. All OPEN art works can be purchased and the exhibition runs until December 2019.

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