Spitalfields Life’s The Gentle Author shares the stories behind East End Vernacular, his celebrated survey of well-known and relatively unheard of artists that painted the East End in the 20th Century.
For the first time, Bow Arts presents a retrospective of painter Doreen Fletcher’s work, curated by The Gentle Author. For twenty years Doreen painted the streets of east London until, discouraged by lack of recognition, she gave up in 2004. Only a chance meeting with The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life brought her painting to public attention in 2015.
In this illustrated talk, The Gentle Author will trace the evolution of painting in the East End and the changing nature of its streets through the last century. The talk will follow the artists – of which Doreen Fletcher is one – and research behind the book, East End Vernacular, Artists who painted London's East End streets in the 20th Century (published 2017).
Among the artists included in the book are John Allin, S R Badmin, Pearl Binder, James Boswell, Roland Collins, Alfred Daniels, Anthony Eyton, Doreen Fletcher, Geoffrey Fletcher, Barnett Freedman, Noel Gibson, Charles Ginner, Lawrence Gowing, Harry T. Harmer, Elwin Hawthorne, Rose Henriques, Dan Jones, Nathaniel Kornbluth, Leon Kossoff, James Mackinnon, Cyril Mann, Jock McFadyen, Ronald Morgan, Grace Oscroft, Peri Parkes, Henry Silk, Harold Steggles, Walter Steggles & Albert Turpin.
The book East End Vernacular is available to purchase in the Nunnery Gallery shop.
Tickets £3/5 (concession rate applies to under 18s, students, over 65s and Bow Arts artists)
Image: Bartlett Park, 1990 - Doreen Fletcher
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