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Doreen Fletcher’s New Exhibition

October 11, 2017
by the gentle author

Readers will be familiar with the work of Doreen Fletcher whom I met in 2015, when she had hidden twenty years worth of paintings away in an attic, after giving up her work as an artist ten years earlier due to the lack of any interest in her pictures.

Subsequently, Doreen and her paintings have become acclaimed and this Friday 13th October, following the success of her debut show in 2016, she opens her second exhibition at Townhouse, 5 Fournier St, Spitalfields, which runs until 29th October.

Most excitingly, inspired by the immense positive response to her work, Doreen has started painting again and her exhibition, entitled IN BETWEEN, ALMOST GONE, is a mixture of old and new pictures.

Postbox in Tooley St, 1997

Popcorn Stand at the Wakes, 1994

The Ragged School Museum, Copperfield Rd 2017

Thames Pier, Isle of Dogs, Boxing Day 1988

Metalworks, Chasely St, 2017

East End Dentist, 2017

Foot Tunnel, Silvertown, 2017

Train Over Canal, 1993

The Queen’s Head, York Sq, 2017

Bow Police Station, 2017

Road To Nowhere, 2013

Summer in Limehouse, 1997

Massala Cafe, E14, 2017

Carwash, Salmon Lane, 2017

Browns, We Have Moved, 2017

Emporium, Commercial Rd, 2017

Pharmacy, Commercial Rd, 2017

Fried Chicken Shop, 2017

Lino Shop, 2017

Tyre Shop, Salmon Lane, 2017

Dr Barnardo’s, Copperfield Rd 2017

‘Your no Bansky!’ Docklands Tyres & Exhausts, Commercial Rd, 2017

The Little Cottage, Silvertown, 2017

Twilight, St Anne’s Churchyard, 1998

Paintings copyright © Doreen Fletcher

Doreen Fletcher’s work is featured in EAST END VERNACULAR, Artists who painted London’s East End streets in the 20th century

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  1. October 11, 2017

    Gosh, Doreen’s back with a vengeance! She must paint 12 hours a day to get so much work out during 2017, and all of it ranking with her best. It’s hard to pick out favourites (though I have to say, her ‘Twilight, St Anne’s churchyard’ remains a particular, long-term one). Is ‘The Little Cottage’ a sly local reference to off-peak recreational practices therein?

  2. October 11, 2017

    Glad Doreen has been painting again, the new ones are full of such wonderful details. Good luck with the exhibition. Valerie

  3. Judy Stevens permalink
    October 11, 2017

    What a fantastic collection of paintings such a legacy to leave x

  4. John Campbell permalink
    October 11, 2017

    ‘Twilight’ is just wonderful!

  5. Marjorie McLauchlan permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Wonderful paintings Doreen, have a great exhibition, wish we could be there. X

  6. Vicky permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Wonderful that Doreen is painting again with 2017 a prolific year! I look forward to the exhibition.

  7. Greg Tingey permalink
    October 11, 2017

    I’ll be going along!

  8. October 11, 2017

    Those skies! Her time has come. All the very best for a fecund future.

  9. Helen Breen permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, thanks for resurrecting Doreen Fletcher’s wonderful urban landscapes. I particularly liked the BOW POLICE STATION and TWILIGHT, ST. ANNE’S CHURCHYARD. She captures the light so well in both day and night.

    Continued success, Doreen…

  10. Richard Smith permalink
    October 11, 2017

    These pictures are wonderful and I really enjoyed looking at them.

  11. Ros permalink
    October 11, 2017

    These are wonderful. So glad Doreen is painting again, and with what energy and observation. She makes us observe in turn and the subjects she chooses are as lyrical as ever. I particularly like East End Dentist under a black sky, but then I get a lot from all of them. Magical!

  12. Steve Owen permalink
    October 11, 2017

    So many great paintings, I cant believe how hard you’ve worked this year! The East End dentist is a particular favourite for me. Gritty urban and almost menacing in outlook. Look forward to seeing the show!

  13. Liz L permalink
    October 11, 2017

    I can’t wait to see this at Townhouse. I’m trying to organise of my order of favourites … TWILIGHT, ST ANNE’S CHURCHYARD and THE RAGGED SCHOOL and DR BARNADO’S and … the list runs on. The way you capture light; your paintings are wonderful Doreen. Have a very successful exhibition. XX

  14. October 11, 2017

    What a talent for capturing architectural detail and neighborhood ambience. So happy she’s been inspired to start painting again. Her 2017 work is exceptional.

  15. Katya permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Beautiful work. It’s unfathomable to think her work was not appreciated. Courage and ever onward, Doreen!

  16. October 11, 2017

    Onward and upward! This is work that deserves recognition and renown.
    As we say in the US: “Good on ya, Doreen!”. Keep working, keep thriving.

  17. October 11, 2017

    So evocative. I feel I am walking down those streets.

  18. Peta Bridle permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Congratulations Doreen on your return to painting.
    Hope your show goes well.
    Best wishes

  19. Simon permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Extraordinary ability to capture the light.
    Popcorn stand, Thames Pier, The Queens Head & Summer in Limehouse have an almost photographic quality to them.

  20. Jill Wilson permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Yes – great atmospheric and fantastically detailed paintings and they will be even more interesting in years to come when the East End has changed yet again – especially things like the car wash with all those heaps of tyres! So glad she is painting again (so much better than boring old conceptual art!!)

  21. mark permalink
    October 11, 2017

    Fantastic realist paintings, for me, capturing the real London, fast being snatched away from us. Thank you Doreen, moving and gritty.

  22. October 11, 2017

    Rampant vegetation climbs over the walls and roof of the Silvertown ‘cottage’; a sinister dental surgery at night; mounds of used tyres… Ms Fletcher is an unflinching chronicler of the shabby and overlooked, investing all before her gaze with a tender poignancy.

    ‘Fried Chicken Shop’ is a mournful lament: lurid yellow fascia beneath grubby painted brick and inscrutable windows. A bruised sky; the lamp-post leans, slightly. The traffic light is green, yet nothing moves.

    This is serious, haunting and powerful work.

  23. Jane permalink
    October 12, 2017

    I am so pleased Doreen has taken up art again – both the older works and the new ones from 2017 are utterly enchanting. I love her work.

  24. Des permalink
    October 12, 2017

    Bow Road Police Station is the one for sure !! Well done Doreen

  25. Lucy Maitland permalink
    October 12, 2017

    This is beautiful work. There is such an evocation of a place in transition.

  26. October 12, 2017

    I love these paintings. I was in Browns every week. Where did they go?

  27. Austin Clegg permalink
    October 13, 2017

    What amazing paintings! It seems as if every brick has been painted with care. Yet these are not dull photorealist images. Just look at the skies.

    The subjects are well chosen, and then there is the wit to soften the painful feeling of the transience of all of this- ‘The Little Cottage’ and the oblique Banksy reference amongst others less obvious.

    Austin Clegg

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