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Doreen Fletcher’s East End

October 24, 2015
by the gentle author

Hairdresser, Ben Jonson Rd, 2001

It is my pleasure to publish this selection of the remarkable paintings and drawings created by Doreen Fletcher in the East End between 1983 and 2003, seen publicly for the very first time.

“I was discouraged by the lack of interest,” admitted Doreen to me plainly, explaining why she gave up after twenty years of doing this work. For the past decade, all these pictures have sat in Doreen’s attic until I persuaded her to take them out yesterday and let me photograph them for publication here.

Doreen came to the East End in 1983 from West London. “My marriage broke up and I met someone new who lived in Clemence St, E14,” she revealed, “it was like another world in those days.” Yet Doreen immediately warmed to her new home and felt inspired to paint. “I loved the light, it seemed so sharp and clear in the East End, and it reminded me of the working class streets in the Midlands where I grew up,” she confided to me, “It disturbed me to see these shops and pubs closing and being boarded up, so I thought, ‘I must make a record of this,’ and it gave me a purpose.”

For twenty years, Doreen conscientiously sent off transparencies of her pictures to galleries, magazines and competitions, only to receive universal rejection. As a consequence, she forsook her artwork entirely in 2003 and took a managerial job, and did no painting for the next ten years. But eventually, Doreen had enough of this too and has recently rediscovered her exceptional forgotten talent.

Many of Doreen’s pictures exist as the only record of places that have long gone and I publish her work today in the hope that she will now receive the recognition she deserves, not just for outstanding quality of her painting but also for her brave perseverance in pursuing her clear-eyed vision of the East End in spite of the lack of any interest or support.

Bartlett Park, 1990

Terminus Restaurant, 1984

Bus Stop, Mile End, 1983

Terrace in Commercial Rd under snow, 2003

Shops in Commercial Rd, 2003

Snow in Mile End Park, 1986

Laundrette, Ben Jonson Rd, 2001

The Lino Shop, 2001

Caird & Rayner Building, Commercial Rd, 2001

Rene’s Cafe, 1986

SS Robin, 1996

Benji’s Mile End, 1992

Railway Bridge, 1990

St Matthias Church, 1990

The Albion Pub, 1992

Turner’s Rd, 1998

The Condemned House, 1983

Leslie’s Grocer, Turner’s Rd, 1983 (Pencil Drawing)

Newsagents, Canning Town, 1991 (Coloured Crayon Drawing)

Bridge Wharf, 1984 (Pencil Drawing)

Pubali Cafe, Commercial Rd, 1990 (Coloured Crayon Drawing)

Ice Crean Van, 1990 (Coloured Crayon Drawing)

Images copyright © Doreen Fletcher

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99 Responses leave one →
  1. Alphonse Credenza permalink
    October 24, 2015

    I love this work. I would buy Hairdresser or Rene’s Cafe if I saw it in a gallery!

  2. October 24, 2015

    Great work, I particularly loved “Bartlett Park”. I think she should keep painting!

  3. Robert Green permalink
    October 24, 2015

    The lack of recognition for these paintings says more about the ‘bizarre’ outlook of the art critics than it dose about the quality of the work, they are so good I genuinely thought they were photos at first, the painting of the Albion pub near Mile End stadium is a remarkable coincidence for me as only a few days ago I noticed they are starting a new construction on the site where it stood and I was trying to find a photo of the old pub but was unable to find one, I find it very pleasing that such a wealth of hidden talent has at last been unearthed and now made available for the appreciation of a much larger audience, EXCELLENT work ALL ROUND.

  4. kristine dillon permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Thank you for encouraging this artist to share her work with you so that we too could see it. She is indeed talented. I have worked many years as a graphic designer and these painting look like the work of a skilled illustrator and artist. I can’t understand why this work was not snapped up by numerous sources. I think her work is lovely.

  5. Susan Bianchi permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are amazing. Thank you so much for photographing and sharing them.

  6. julie permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are wonderful pictures.

  7. Eileen Collins permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Dear Doreen, your work is delightful. I am sorry to read that it has languished, unappreciated, in an attic for so many years. You deserve a solo exhibition. Please continue painting!

  8. October 24, 2015

    The paintings are wonderful, she has captured the atmosphere and above all the light of the East End so well. I very much hope that Doreen will get recognition for her work, she really deserves it! Thanks for showing, Valerie

  9. Alison Ashfield permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are delightful. I lived and worked in the City and part of the East End from 1979 to 1996 and was aware that many changes happened during that period. Almost unobserved, boarded-up bomb-sites became office blocks as the greedy, moneyed 1980s emerged – shouted and clattered, then subsided as the economy expired. The silence of Black Wednesday still resonates, a warning to those who rely on balloons, not foundations. When I go back and visit London, it seems a whole new world has been superimposed upon the images in my minds’ eye. Exciting and fascinating. The places through which I wandered were N1, E8 and E5 (Islington, London Fields and Hackney) – Whitechapel and Spitalfields were less familiar. Doreen has beautifully captured the faded, forlorn and forgotten. Thank you, Gentle Author for seeking them out for the enjoyment of others. I now live in Scotland, but every morning I turn to this blog and indulge in a journey. It is a pleasing thing to do.

  10. NSF permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What an interesting eye she has. And though the details are meticulous, the paintings are so much than just documents—they’re deeply felt. I hope this post will lead to her getting the attention she deserves.

  11. Carol Gilham permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are just stunning! So glad you have given them an outing here, and I hope they have a remarkable future. And please will you keep us informed of their progress?

  12. Linda Pennell permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Oh how grateful I am that you have given us all these marvellous pictures. There should be a book, prints,an exhibition. Thank you.

  13. gabrielle permalink
    October 24, 2015

    I have long despaired of the art market…seems purely mercenary in the main. What gems you have uncovered here, gentle author. Thanks to you I’m sure this hugely talented artist, Doreen Fletcher, will now get the recognition she deserves. I’ll be watching.

  14. Bridgett Bardwell permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What fabulous detailed pictures – brought back memories

  15. john ord permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What a stunning collection of pictures, so atmospheric and beautifully painted. Will they be exhibited of dare I ask for sale!?

  16. October 24, 2015

    I hope this talented painter finds a market now. The changing demographic of East London with the increasing influx of young artistically engaged people might help. The work could also appeal to born and bred East Enders with a bob or two to spare.
    The influence of Hopper is very clear but there is originality in the approach to the subject matter.

  17. Barbara Elsmore permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Wonderful, marvellous pictures – DO NOT put them back in the loft!

  18. robin clark permalink
    October 24, 2015

    I think these drawings are fantastic. They have a certain quality which captures that moment in time not so long ago which has all but disappeared Is there to be a run of prints?

  19. libby hall permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What a treat!

    What a lovely way to begin a Saturday morning: with an unexpected exhibition of such evocative paintings.

    Many of them remind me of Walker Evans photographs.

    Doreen Fletcher must surely now get the recognition she deserves.

  20. Rob C permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Doreen ,
    These are amazing, I have seen so many glimpses into my locale across the years.
    Would be very interested in buying some.

    Please keep going.


  21. October 24, 2015

    A unique sensibility, a treasure trove, Well done GA.

  22. October 24, 2015

    …also, they would make great cards and prints, all the best Doreen.

  23. Greg Tingey permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These MUST be released to a wider audience.
    They are in the classic realist “E London group” tradition, as seen by the school whose paintings you showed us last year & who had an exhibition close to Bow Church,

    P.S. How much does she want for “Railway Bridge, 1990” ??

  24. Peter Harrison permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Bravo for introducing Doreen’s work to your readership and, hopefully, to many other people. Her paintings are excellent: they invite immediate comparison with the work of people like Edward Hopper in her sensitivity to light and how it lends to apparently banal urban subjects a sense of mystery and grandeur that is, in fact, integral to the experience of living in cities but one of which most of us remain wholly unconscious. Her sense of design, too, is exceptional in the way she captures the complex patterning of urban surfaces in works such as ‘Newsagents, Canning Town.’ Fantastic work.

  25. Robert permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Enchanted. I love the lack of pretension and careful attention to detail. I do hope they get curated and kept for future generations as a record of late 20th century life.

  26. Peter permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Beautiful representations of vanishing communities.
    I really like the skilled eye of the artist and the photo realistic images.
    If I lived in the area I would snap one up.
    Even to non residents, the cool lines and careful attention to detail make them
    Artworks in their own right.
    I think Ms Fletcher should return to her art and use her skills to enhance her East End communities and establish herself in the local record.
    Important work, to be enjoyed and treasured for the future.

  27. October 24, 2015

    It’s wonderful that you have discovered Doreen’s work and that she has started painting again.
    Hopefully her paintings will be shown in a gallery soon – very many artists have the same problems of rejection – you just have to keep going.
    The paintings are great – look forward to seeing them in a gallery!

  28. Jackie Withnall permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What a wonderful start to the weekend! These pictures bought my childhood flooding back. I would love to go to an exhibition of these. Well done Doteen and well done GA for seeking them out.

  29. Barbara permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Astonishing work, Doreen. Please keep painting and please, please have an exhibition……soon !

  30. October 24, 2015

    Excellent pictures, they really deserve to be better known, thank you for sharing them

  31. October 24, 2015

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  32. October 24, 2015

    I am astounded that Doreen Fletcher’s work has been ignored by galleries and publishers; these are superb paintings and drawings, created with tremendous skill and sensitivity. If it was the everyday subject-matter that did not appeal to promoters of the arts 20 years ago, I feel sure that would not be the case today. The wonderful bleakness of Bartlett Park is akin to the work of George Shaw – who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2011.

    Fletcher’s carefully observed buildings and streets, invested with a delicious tang of poignancy, carry the baton of the East London Group in the 1930s and are similar in spirit to Edward Hopper and Jock McFadyen. I also admire her precise use of distant figures: separated by street furniture in Mile End, striding in Turner’s Road, staring from the window of the Terminus Restaurant – and the disembodied legs seen through the doorway of a launderette.

    This is truly marvellous work. An exhibition at The Townhouse in Fournier Street, for example, would be a knock-out. And a book would be absolutely stunning.

  33. Vicky permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Wonderful! Through bad luck Doreen has them all – a complete body of work ready for exhibition. My instinct is to keep them together. I’d love to see more in the future.

  34. October 24, 2015

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  35. Ann permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These pictures are amazing in their clarity and sense of time and place. It’s almost unbelievable that they met with indifference from the art world. i hope Doreen continues with her work. Thank you for bringing these pictures to light.

    Love your blog, GA, even though I am not a Londoner and have no personal knowledge of the East End.

  36. Patricia Cleveland-Peck permalink
    October 24, 2015

    They are remarkable. They have something of the atmosphere of Hopper. I love them . I used to buy a painting every time I had a book published but the price of paintings went up and that of author’s advances down so not lately. I would happily buy one of these though if Doreen is selling ( and I could afford it) – and she could have it back for the solo exhibition which I feel confident will take place soon.

  37. Andy Willoughby permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Wonderful paintings & drawings, such a talent. I was living in the flats (Galsworthy House, Carr Street) depicted in ‘Snow in Mile End Park, 1986’ , when it was painted, and until they were demolished in 1999. I probably saw Doreen painting it! I would buy it if it was for sale. They are all wonderful.

  38. Jackie K permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Thank you for sharing, Gentle Author! It would indeed be wonderful to see an exhibition, a book, prints, and cards. So glad that you kept these fantastic paintings, Doreen, and hope that you continue painting our now rapidly changing Cityscape.

    PS I love Rene’s Cafe and St Matthias’s Church!

  39. October 24, 2015

    Another astonishing treasure brought to light. Doreen is extremely talented. Could someone please let us know if these are watercolors? A few at the end say the media (pencil, colored crayon) but most of them are unidentified as to media. The Gentle Author’s discoveries have been a highlight of every day now for months. I’m an artist in St. Louis who is an East Ender in heart.

  40. October 24, 2015

    Doreen, what a talent you are! I hope there will be an exhibition and book of your work….and that you have returned full-time to your obvious joy–painting!
    The lighting, composition, choice of subject–all spectacular.

    Reading the comments above, Doreen, you have a “Sold Out” show already!

    Thanks, Gentle Author, for providing this online gallery of wonder.

  41. Jill permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Wonderful work! Well done GA for recognising their worth and bringing them out into the light again! I hope this encourages Doreen to continue recording ‘ordinary’ buildings and helping us to see their special character.

  42. Bronchitikat permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Thanks for publishing these pictures. They just go to show that various gallery owners et al got it so very wrong all these years. But what do the critics know anyway?

    Hope Doreen receives the recognition she so obviously deserves now.

  43. October 24, 2015

    Capturing history in this way is so special. Keep on painting. Carmen Herrera at 100 years old is having her first exhibit at the Whitney, NYC after 60 years of painting and no recognition. Christy, Lilbitbrit

  44. October 24, 2015

    Enjoyed these.
    Would like to know their dimensions.

    Like the signage, decayed or sometimes obscured lettering (or advertising sign) in such as
    The Albion Pub, 1992
    Turner’s Road, 1998
    Newsagents, Canning Town, 1991 (Coloured Crayon Drawing)

  45. david permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Remarkable! She needs an agent/gallerist. Truly astonishing find!

  46. Liz permalink
    October 24, 2015

    I love this work. Beautiful detail and captures the essence of the East London I knew. I would buy these – perhaps you could arrange for a limited edition print run?

  47. Lynn Roffee permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Thank you GA for bringing Doreen’s work to our attention. What a talented lady Doreen is!
    I hope that this results in Doreen having that long overdue exhibition of her work made available to the wider public.
    Doreen, please keep painting, you are such a talented lady and you capture the true essence of the East End.

  48. October 24, 2015

    Wonderful work and story. How about putting them on Saatchi Online?

  49. October 24, 2015

    Just brilliant. Go back to your art Doreen, and thank you for preserving these images of the East End.

  50. October 24, 2015

    These are fabulous. Among many others here no doubt, I would love to acquire one or two.

    Thank goodness Doreen has started painting again!

  51. Kate McHugh permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Fantastic. We met Doreen in France this Summer and loved her pictures so much that we had to have 2! Lovely to see her other work.

  52. john clark permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are stunning; this is the East London Group Mk2 – and now I hope Mk3 ! So much for agents and galleries. We want to buy (at least) one very soon. Good luck Doreen and thanks to GA for finding these gems.

  53. Alison permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These pictures are fantastic, both the subjects and the artistry. Doreen, I’m so sorry no one recognized your talent and the value of documenting the East End. I hope you will now get the recognition you deserve. Gentle Author, thank you so much for making it possible for us to see the pictures!

  54. Chris F permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Brilliant… The brickwork detail is amazing. When you see the tripe that often passes as art nowadays (and makes the artist a fortune) and then see this artistry and hear that it has languished in a loft for years due to a lack of interest. It’s enough to make you weep. Another idea for a book, eh, GA?

  55. Rhianwen permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are really wonderful…
    I hope Doreen finally gets the recognition she deserves.

  56. Mr Jones permalink
    October 24, 2015

    These are superb paintings, so evocative of the East End I used to know and barely recognise now, I would certainly buy more than one of these fine works if they were in an exhibition.

    I hope that Doreen is encouraged enough by the reaction here on Spitalfields life to pick up her brushes and continue, obviously an exhibition and a book are are in order – hint hint.

  57. Neil Holbrook permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What talent Doreen has, these pictures are beautiful! I hope her skills as an artist are now finally recognised and she is able to pursue her dream.

  58. October 24, 2015

    These are excellent. I would love to have a few for my home. Thanks for sharing

  59. Cliff permalink
    October 24, 2015

    So talented, I can recognise most of the places having lived in the area for 25 years and I first thought that they were photographs….pics must be exhibited.

  60. Alice Sanders permalink
    October 24, 2015

    I love the paintings if they ever go on display please let me know. best of all I love the one of the church, St. Matthias. I bet they will deffently be worth something now as its paintings of the past, nice memories, on how things used to be. Thank you for showing them to us all.

  61. Judith Haxton permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Loved them all. My favourite has to be News of the World. A sad reminder of changing times !!!

  62. redandblackmanthinks permalink
    October 24, 2015

    Took a second glance to make sure they were not photographs, they are so good. Doreen is a very talented artist, so it`s wonderful that these paintings are being given an audience after all this time.

  63. Sue permalink
    October 24, 2015

    What wonderful work. Hope Doreen takes up where she left off.

  64. October 25, 2015

    These pictures are absolutely lovely! I hope your publicity will lead to a gallery opening and a demand for Doreen Fletcher’s pictures and prints!

  65. Marjorie permalink
    October 25, 2015

    Fantastic work Doreen. I am so pleased for you, this is just the beginning. Thank you G.A. for showing them to us.

  66. Richard permalink
    October 25, 2015

    The Condemned House – so atmospheric. Loved these pictures. I’m sure they would sell like hot cakes.

  67. Sue Harding permalink
    October 25, 2015

    I am so excited to see these great images. Thank you so much Doreen and GA. I love the period feel of them and as an artist and urban sketcher myself, really appreciate these super works. As everyone has said, there must be an exhibition of these important records of the area. I feel privileged to have been able to see them and am so glad you are painting again Doreen. Don’t forget that doing art is the important thing for us!

  68. October 25, 2015

    This situation is symptomatic of the art world today, utter rubbish is admired whilst real talent is despised. I hope that this artist will be encouraged by all the comments here, we all appreciate her work, and well done.

  69. Sarah permalink
    October 25, 2015

    Beautiful pictures. So evocative. Thank you.

  70. Kevin Halden permalink
    October 25, 2015

    These are great. I lived on Locksley Street which joins onto Turners Rd between 1985 -86 and regularly went in the Albion pub, Rene’s Cafe and Leslies grocers. Most of Locksley St was sadly knocked down and I think the ‘condemned house’ was on that street. In the 1980s that area of London still had an old east end community feel though it was very neglected and many properties were boarded up. It was known locally as the ‘Locksley triangle’ (Clemence Road forming the other part of the triangle). I used to also go to the Prince Alfred pub on Locksley St (now closed) and the Marshal Keate pub in Poplar which was knocked down as part of docklands development. I’m sure Doreen would know these. Incredibly evocative work. Would love to see an exhibition of these.

  71. October 25, 2015

    Many of these are truly excellent. So atmospheric – simple yet telling, and what a hugely talented painter. I hope there will be an exhibition. Surely their time has come. Are they for sale, perchance??
    Thank you Spitalfields Life for sharing Doreen’s paintings with us.

  72. Ros permalink
    October 25, 2015

    There’s real love in these intense pictures. Agree with all the other comments that really appreciate Doreen ‘s eye and talent and also your bringing these pictures to us. Thank you both.

  73. Donald carlton Burns permalink
    October 25, 2015

    She is extraordinary. Many of these have an Edward Hopper feeling of loneliness that lifts the viewer away from the simple pictorial. Her detail work is remarkable. All in all, I agree that she should be added to my collection, as others have remarked for themselves.

    I hope this collection will secure a proper place for her in the appropriate London gallery.


  74. Hugh Caldin permalink
    October 26, 2015

    Thanks so much, Gentle Author and Spitalfields Life, for giving Doreen and her paintings a new space! My daughter has just emailed your article to me from New Zealand and we both love the paintings, as much for the beautiful perspectives (such as in ‘Turner’s Row’) as for the wry and economical observations of details such as graffiti daubed on the walls (‘FAWKES IS INNOCENT’ is class!) and little domestic touches, such as just the legs of a seated woman in the open doorway, perhaps of the manageress, in ‘Laundrette’. The collection is a lovely, varied, refreshing and affectionate collection of scenes of a special community dynamic which is perhaps not so evident now, which I so enjoyed, and a record of a simpler life – where do you see a laundrette these days advertising a ‘Daily Wash, Dry and Fold Service’ after all?! Thank you, Doreen, for allowing the sharing your lovely and evocative paintings!

    Hugh – and Lucy


  75. Jane Jones permalink
    October 26, 2015

    You can tell how much Doreen loves her subjects. These painting are beautifully observed and executed, and she has a wonderful sense of design. I love the patterning and her particular use of colour.

    Doreen must have sent her work to people who’d missed their appointments at Specsavers. This is a wonderful body of work that should receive the admiration and recognition it deserves.

    When and where is her first exhibition please?

  76. October 26, 2015

    Further to my earlier post, Turner’s Road in Bow also seized the eye of Jock McFadyen RA, another artist drawn to the East End. His painting of a shuttered retail or industrial premises with railway arches beyond, dated 2000, is included in his splendid monograph ‘Jock McFadyen: A Book About a Painter’, by David Cohen, published by Lund Humphries in 2001. The front cover depicts a photo, including the street name, on which the painting was based.

  77. October 26, 2015

    Doreen these pictures are fantastic, and for me also a great reminder of what that area used to look like when I loved there (Acme prefab off Conder Street). Thanks for putting on this show, I can’t wait to see them for real!

  78. October 31, 2015

    It’s been a pleasure knowing you Doreen! These works of Art has revealed you’re unique talent. These paintings are absolutely amazing! They preserved the memories of these eatablishments.

  79. Matt S permalink
    November 2, 2015

    These are wonderful – I don’t understand why they never got the recognition they deserved at the time.

  80. November 2, 2015

    Stunning. I love the variety and color of her skies. She captures the lonely wistful beauty of both the places and their time.

  81. Andrew Willie permalink
    November 3, 2015

    As the juggernaut of digital imagery powers its way through our collective conscience; these images show that there is still a place for painting.
    As photographs they would only reveal in mechanical detail the changing face of the East End, however, as the gesture of Doreen’s hand and her intent, they carry an emotional charge, that triggers the punctum of those with a recent memory of the East End.

  82. Marguerite Scott permalink
    November 4, 2015

    Thanks so much for sharing these images. I taught for a short time in the East End in the early 1970s and many of these images bring back memories of that time.
    When do you think that the exhibition might be? The last week in May 2016 sounds a good time – I will be back in England that week!

  83. November 4, 2015

    I love them all. An exhibition would be wonderful…

  84. maureen insole permalink
    November 4, 2015

    Lov ely paintings, why not display them in a gallery i’m sure there is one on Fish Island near Bow

  85. November 4, 2015

    Remarkable! Any chance of prints, at leasts, being made of these? I would buy. I’m Commercial Rd born, but now in Canada – memories flooded back!

  86. James Hurley permalink
    November 8, 2015

    I love this work – it’s a record of a disappearing world.

  87. SIMON DIABLE permalink
    December 3, 2015

    Wonderfully evocative, I was at school in Benjonson Road in 1983 and she has captured the feeling of emptiness of the area as it morphed out of those post war years. I saw/used most of these shops and places in this period and it really did feel that the patient was dying. There was still a lot of flat, bare, open space courtesy of the Luftwaffe and dilapidated terraces waiting for the bulldozer or gentrification. Looking at these pictures I can once again smell the Pubali Cafe in Limehouse and the smoked fish from the fish mongers in Commercial Road beside the little patch of bomb gone street (he also had a live eel tank!) and I can feel my feet sticking to the carpet in Benjys. These ought to be on sale.

  88. Alison permalink
    December 7, 2015

    Are these exhibited or for sale anywhere ? My best friends mum and dad owned the Albion pub and I’m sure she’d love to see these paintings. They’re all fantastic

  89. Johanna Lawrence permalink
    December 14, 2015

    These paintings are stunning! I felt so much emotion looking at them. I have walked past most of these buildings and shops a hundred times in my past which brought them to life for me.
    keep painting Doreen Fletcher. I would love to see them in an exhibition someday.

  90. fred hicks permalink
    December 14, 2015

    forgot about some of these places memory jog great work

  91. Paul Anderson permalink
    December 14, 2015

    Are these for sale, I would love to own one. If they are please email me.

  92. bowsuze permalink
    December 19, 2015

    Beautiful, rich, wistful work. Ignorant galleries.

  93. David smith permalink
    May 22, 2017

    My wife’s parents owned the terminus restaurant in Mile End. At the time that painting was done. As my wife has no pictures of it and her parents have know passed away. Would there be by any chance we ca purchase it or get a print.
    Thank you

  94. Roger permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Hi Doreen
    I just love love you’re work, the atmosphere of you’re paintings is amazing so many memories of my past, keep them coming, get high quality prints done of these.
    The very best to you

  95. Peter Knoester permalink
    January 10, 2018

    Dear Doreen

    Your paintings and drawings show a tremendous artistic quality and are really enjoyable. I used to know a Doreen East way back in 1957-8 in Holland who lived at Hall lane 14 in Chingsford , London England she was a beautiful lady and I did enjoy her company very much we did write for a while but that stopped after a few years. The possibility that this was you are slim to none but I thought to write this note to you anyway as memories do not always fade. I thank you for your time and keep up the good works

    Kind regards

    Peter Knoester

  96. Ben Moxey permalink
    January 23, 2019


    I saw the article on the BBC and thought I’d look at the rest. These are a really great encapsulation of the time and will be amazing to look at in years to come as buildings change and disappear
    One question I did have that has confused me beyond belief – In the Albion Pub, 1992 piece, there is an advert for Big Brother. Was that a later addition to cover up another billboard you didn’t like? A real head scratcher!
    But must distract from my main point: love these pieces!

  97. Steve Hobley permalink
    January 23, 2019

    I agree with the positive comments, I think these are a wonderful snapshot of the UK I left behind when I moved overseas.

    Love them!

  98. Marie Hammersley permalink
    January 23, 2019

    Hi Doreen,

    After seeing you on the 6 o’clock news I had to look you up. What lovely paintings many I can recognise from my youth. I used to take my washing to the launderette in Ben Jonson Road in the 70’s. Keep on painting Doreen what a talented lady you are.

  99. Miriam Delorie permalink
    June 16, 2020

    Thank you to all concerned for allowing us to share those beautiful paintings – they look like photographs, so detailed – absolutely fantastic. My late father was brought up at an address in Artillery Lane – if ever the artist painted this road I would love to see it.

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