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'Dancing to their own Tune' by Rachel Bottomley


“My friends call me a magpie, drawn to colour and detail that I take back to my nest and make my own. I love to think of my paintings in that way, full of treasures, and like collectibles”

Rachel Bottomley is a British contemporary painter based in the Surrey countryside. She paints freely, effortlessly and unstoppably, depicting scenes that ignite her imagination, and drawing upon details she’s seen, loved & stored in her imagination to add further character and joy to her works.  The forms may change but her painting principles remain, giving her vibrant mark-making its signature strokes of exaggerated, curvaceous lines, immense decorative detailing and a sense of intuition over precision.

Rich and layered, Rachel’s practice blends acrylic, ink, pigment stick, pencil and both oil and chalk pastels to give rise to immersive art that pops off the page with each energetic, free-flowing line interrupting and interacting with the next. Rachel’s work is as tactile as her mixed media tools and as immersive to view as it was for her to create, abundant in detail and in complete colour harmony.

Collected internationally, Rachel’s work is seen and enjoyed everywhere from the private homes across America to that of The Royal Family as well as public spaces, such as Mayfair’s modern European restaurant, Socca. She is part of regular gallery exhibitions across the UK and accepts personal commissions. 

Ink, acrylic, oil pastel, chalk pastel, pigment stick and pencil on decked edged paper

Framed in a hand-painted frame by Kirsty Erskine Hill

37.5 x 27.5cm including frame

Original works of art are carefully packaged in our studio using recycled materials wherever possible. We send all original works with Royal Mail special delivery.

*Please note that all pieces in our Summer Exhibition will be sent after the exhibition closes on the 22nd June.

'Dancing to their own Tune' by Rachel Bottomley




Artch was established in 2020 by artist Lucy Kent as an artist-led platform dedicated to promoting art with purpose.  We direct a large portion of our sales to artists and charities, challenging the traditional art market paradigm.

“We strive to dismantle art world barriers, ensuring art is accessible to all. We believe in the power of community: and that artists joining their voices collectively can affect meaningful change and have a positive impact on the world around us.’

Lucy Kent


How do I hang a new piece with works I already have?

We love mixing in new works with existing are in your collection. It can be a great way to do this as part of a gallery wall or a specific place on it’s own. Buying more contemporary work and hanging this alongside traditional work you may have inherited, is a great way of modernising a space and giving these more traditional pieces new life. Our advice would be to have a common thread that runs between the 2 pieces, that ties them together - this could be similar tones or colours, or a similar theme or subject in both the works.  

Does art make a good wedding present?

We have lots of pieces that would make brilliant wedding presents. Buying art as a gift is such a meaningful present and will forever be a talking piece for that couple, and tell a story of the people that bought them that piece and remind them of their wedding. Prints are always an easy and affordable wedding gift. Or if you want to club together with some friends and buy an original framed piece, you will definitely win the prize for most unique gift!

How do I choose a frame?

This is a very favourite topic of ours - we LOVE framing!  How you frame depends on the space you’d like to hang the piece in.  If you are hanging on a neutral wall, we love to go for a colourful frame. And using an interesting moulding, be it reeded or bobbin, is a great way of adding texture to a room.  For works on paper I love a deckled paper edge - in this case I love to float or surface mount the paper, so you can see this deckled edge and then a simple wood frame. If you are trying to make a space more contemporary, framing can be a great way to add to this, like a tray frame on a large canvas piece. I also love framing traditional art works in modern frames and vice versa; a modern little print in a really traditional old antique gilt frame.

Do you sell gift cards?

Yes we absolutely do - this is the perfect gift solution for that person who either has everything, or you just can’t choose which artwork to buy for them. A lovely gift for someone to choose exactly what they would like from our large collection of art work.


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