Doreen Fletcher: A Retrospective

  • Saphia Abrahamovitch-Venner

This retrospective exhibition uncovers the breadth of Doreen Fletcher's vibrant urban landscape paintings.

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.

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. This retrospective reveals the full breadth of Doreen Fletcher’s achievement between 1983 and 2004 for the first time, showing the largest selection of paintings from this period yet assembled including many unseen pictures from private collections.

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 Bow Arts coincides with publication of a monograph of her work by Spitalfields Life Books.

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