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Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher

Doreen
Fletcher,
Paintings

We welcome the Forest Gate artist discussing the book of her paintings with The Gentle Author.

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Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
is published in hardback
by Spitalfields Life Books at £20.
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Doreen Fletcher
Detail of portrait
of Doreen Fletcher
by Lucinda Douglas Menzies

We are delighted to welcome Forest Gate artist Doreen Fletcher
to the local launch of the book of her paintings.

Doreen Fletcher,
Paintings

Doreen Fletcher is in conversation with The Gentle Author

In recent years Doreen Fletcher’s atmospheric urban landscape paintings have reached a wide audience who appreciate her distinctive vision of the changing capital. A superb colourist, she applies her rigorous technique to recording the drama of the city in compelling and authoritative images.

Water on Canal (1983)
Winter on Canal (1983) by Doreen Fletcher,
courtesy of Spitalfields Life Books

Paintings reveals the full breadth of Doreen Fletcher’s achievement for the first time, including the largest selection of her paintings yet assembled including many unseen pictures from private collections.

For twenty years, Doreen Fletcher 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.

Doreen Fletcher’s work was exhibited at Townhouse Spitalfields in 2016 and 2017, and she had a painting shown in the National Gallery last year when she was shortlisted for the first Evening Standard Contemporary Art Award.

Doreen Fletcher’s retrospective at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, runs from Friday 25 January until Sunday 17 March 2019.

Forthcoming events


Tuesday 18 December at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

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