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In Search Of Doreen Fletcher’s East End

February 16, 2019
by the gentle author

Photographer Alex Pink accompanied Doreen Fletcher on a pilgrimage to visit the locations of many of her paintings and he photographed what they discovered …

Fiona Atkins, gallerist at Townhouse Spitalfields is giving a lecture about Doreen Fletcher’s painting at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow this Wednesday 20th February as part of Doreen Fletcher’s Retrospective exhibition which runs until 24th March. Click here to book

Benjy’s Mile End, 1992

Mile End church seen from the park, 1986

The Albion Pub, 1992

Snow in Mile End Park, 1986

Park with train, 1990

Limehouse library, 1986

Terrace in Commercial Rd under snow, 2003

Brickfields Gardens, 1986

Grand Union Canal, 1983

Hairdresser, Ben Jonson Rd 2001

Rene’s Cafe, 1986

Bus Stop, Mile End, 1983

The Condemned House, 1983

Caird & Rayner Building, Commercial Rd, 2001




9 Responses leave one →
  1. February 16, 2019

    Great paintings and good to see that some of the old buildings are still standing. Valerie

  2. Jill Wilson permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Really interesting to see what has changed and what has stayed the same…
    One wonders why the Albion pub and Rene’s cafe were knocked down as there is nothing new in their place.?
    But at least they have been spared the spreadsheet blandism of the new builds in Ben Johnson Road and the building next to Limehouse library which looks horribly like the building planned to replace Tadmans.
    Looking forward to having another good look at the paintings on Tuesday.

  3. Caroline Bottomley permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Yeah! The VIP Garage is still the same!
    I love these posts where you contrast past and present. Each contrast creates its own story.
    Thank you, yet again 🙂

  4. Ron Bunting permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Rod Davis is still innocent I see.

  5. Caroline Bottomley permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Though VIP showing worrying signs of neglect…

  6. February 16, 2019

    Great post.

  7. Linda Granfield permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Long live the V.I.P. Garage!

    I’d love to have heard the lively conversation that took place while this re-visit tour was taking place!

  8. Mary Moulder permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Thank you for the dedication of effort you have given to research the locations, correctly do the photography, and make contemporary fine art into a measure of history. Well done!

  9. Sally Williajms permalink
    February 18, 2019

    Really enjoyed the exhibition a few weeks ago, and these then/now images are a great addition … I was given Doreen’s pencil version of Rene’s Cafe as part of my leaving gift from LBTH Arts Office in 1987, so it was lovely to see the painted version!

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