Mechanics Institute (Secret Gem)

A monumental example of Tillyer’s trademark abstract painted landscapes, this carefully balanced composition gives hints of architecture, cloud, sky and foliage. Greatly admired by painters visiting Broadgate, Mechanics Institute compares the ever changing natural world with the solidity of architectural forms. Pause for a moment to feel revived by the fresh air and gentle breeze.

Born in Yorkshire, Tillyer studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London before journeying throughout Europe to expand his painting style. An invitation to spend time as Artist in Residence at Melbourne University in the 1980s led to an extended period of travel. Now based in the UK, Tillyer is one of our foremost watercolourists. His work has been exhibited worldwide and he is represented in major museum collections including the Tate in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

More art in Broadgate

06. Alchemy


Look upwards to see the graduated colours of the overhead beams.

07. Eye-I


This towering sculpture made from brightly coloured strips of steel is an abstract sketch of a face.

13. Venus (Secret Gem)

Venus (Secret Gem)

These massive, wall mounted bronze torsos were inspired by the Venus de Milo.

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Rush Hour resonates with most of us - it's the end of the day and we want to get home.