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Artist who quit painting 15 years ago has work finally on show

Pictures of East End’s past: Artist who quit painting 15 years ago picks up brush again as army of fans seek retro glimpse of London in the 80s and 90s

  • For more than twenty years Doreen Fletcher painted the streets of east London until she gave up in 2004
  • She decided to begin painting again in 2015 following a renewed interest in her work from art fans
  • The exhibition will reveal the full breadth of her achievement between 1983 and 2004 and from 2015 onwards

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An exhibition is set to showcase paintings which depict the drastic changes in London over three decades.

For more than twenty years Doreen Fletcher painted the streets of east London until, discouraged by lack of recognition, she gave up in 2004. 

She decided to pick up her paintbrush again in 2015 after a feature about her in community blog Spitalfields Life led to a renewed interest in her work by art lovers.

Most of Doreen Fletcher’s paintings are to exhibited at east London’s Nunnery gallery in Bow. 

The exhibition will reveal the full breadth of her achievement between 1983 and 2004 and from 2015 onwards. 

It will display the largest selection of her paintings together, and include many previously unseen pictures from private collections.

Doreen Fletcher’s retrospective at the Nunnery Gallery from 25 January coincides with the publication of a monograph of her work by Spitalfields Life Books, published November 2018. 

Some of Doreen’s paintings can be seen below. 

Most of Doreen Fletcher’s paintings are to exhibited at east London’s Nunnery gallery in Bow.  Pictured, Salmon Lane in the Rain in 1987

An exhibition is set to showcase paintings which depict the drastic changes in London over three decades. Pictured, cLimehouse painted in 2018

An exhibition is set to showcase paintings which depict the drastic changes in London over three decades. Pictured, a dental surgery in Salmon Lane, Limehouse painted in 2018. If you slide you can see a photograph of the surgery

For more than twenty years Doreen Fletcher painted the streets of east London until, discouraged by lack of recognition, she gave up in 2004.   Pictured, a tyre shop in Salmon Lane, Limehouse painted in 2018. Slide to see what it looks like in real life

For more than twenty years Doreen Fletcher painted the streets of east London until, discouraged by lack of recognition, she gave up in 2004. Pictured, a tyre shop in Salmon Lane, Limehouse painted in 2018. Slide to see what the street looks like today

She decided to pick up her paintbrush again in 2015 after a feature about her community blog Spitalfields Life led to a renewed interest in her work by art lovers

She decided to pick up her paintbrush again in 2015 after a feature about her community blog Spitalfields Life led to a renewed interest in her work by art lovers

Most of Doreen Fletcher's paintings are to exhibited at east London's Nunnery gallery in Bow. Pictured, a corner shop in Canning Town in 1994

Most of Doreen Fletcher’s paintings are to exhibited at east London’s Nunnery gallery in Bow. Pictured, a corner shop in Canning Town in 1994

The Pubali Cafe in Limehouse in 1996. Slide see what it looks today

The Pubali Cafe in Limehouse in 1996. Slide to see what it looks like today

The exhibition will reveal the full breadth of her achievement between 1983 and 2004 and from 2015 onwards. Doreen is pictured

The exhibition will reveal the full breadth of her achievement between 1983 and 2004 and from 2015 onwards. Doreen is pictured

 

Commercial Road, Whitsunday in  1989. Slide to see how it looks today

A bus stop in the east end in 1983.  This was the first of Doreen Fletcher's paintings of the area 

A bus stop in the east end in 1983.  This was the first of Doreen Fletcher’s paintings of the area 

Benjys Club and Mecca bookmakers in Mile End 1992 and how the

Mile End seen in 1989 and if you slide you can see  how the same street scene looks today

A fishmongers i n commercial Road in 2003 and how it looks today

A fishmongers in commercial Road in 2003 and how it looks today

A laundrette in Ben Jonson Road, Bow, east London, in 1983

A laundrette in Ben Jonson Road, Bow, east London, in 1983

Paddington Station, seen at night in 1982. The station has been made famous by the Paddington Bear children'd book series

Paddington Station, seen at night in 1982 but if you slide you can see what it looks like today. The station has been made famous by the Paddington Bear children’s book series

The exhibition will take between Friday, January 25 and Sunday, March 24, 2019. Pictured, Paddington Station in 1992

The exhibition will take between Friday, January 25 and Sunday, March 24, 2019. Pictured, Paddington Station in 1992

The Ragged School Museum is pictured in 2017.  The museum was formerly a ragged school which provided a free education for destitute children. The museum tells the story of its former history

The Ragged School Museum is pictured in 2017. The museum was formerly a ragged school which provided a free education for destitute children. The museum tells the story of its former history. Slide to see how Doreen’s painting compares to the real street scene

The St George in the East church in  Tower Hamllets which Doreen painted in 1991. 

The St George in the East church in  Tower Hamllets which Doreen painted in 1991. 

The paintings give an insight into the past of the end. Pictured, Rene's Cafe in 1986

The paintings give an insight into the past of the end. Pictured, Rene’s Cafe in 1986

The exhibition follows the publication of a monograph of her work by Spitalfields Life Books which was published in  November 2018

The exhibition follows the publication of a monograph of her work by Spitalfields Life Books which was published in  November 2018

The Pubali Cafe, Commercial Road, Limehouse,  east London, in 1996

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