16 Urban Paintings Of London That We Want To Own

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 9 months ago
16 Urban Paintings Of London That We Want To Own

Looking at Doreen Fletcher's candid landscapes of London — a flicker of Ravilious here, a touch of Canaletto there, plenty of drizzle all over the place — it's a stretch to imagine she could ever have hung up her paint brushes. That's precisely what she did though; retiring in 2004, discouraged by a lack of interest in her work, despite having quite brilliantly captured the worn, pre-gentrified streets of east London and beyond.

Tyre Shop, Salmon Lane (2017)

Now — thanks to the intervention of east Londoner blogger The Gentle Author — Fletcher is working once more. A retrospective at Nunnery Gallery in Bow displays paintings spanning over three decades — from 1983, up to today's city. Fittingly, it's curated by The Gentle Author.

Mile End Park with Canal (1986)

St George in the East (1991):

Salmon Lane in the Rain (1987):

The Cottage (2017):

The Pubali Cafe, Commercial Road, Limehouse (1996):

Bus Stop (1983):

Commercial Road in the snow, Limehouse:

Bartlett Park:

Commercial Road, Whitsunday (1989):

Corner Shop, Canning Town (1994):

Fishmongers, Commercial Road (2003):

Rene's Cafe (1986):

Laundrette, Ben Jonson Road, Bow (1983):

Ragged School Museum (2017):

Paddington Station at Night (1992):

Portrait of Doreen Fletcher in her Studio (photo by Stuart Freedman).

Doreen Fletcher | A Retrospective, Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, E3 2SJ, until 24 March (Tues-Sun). Free entry.

Last Updated 04 February 2019