Billy’s Snack Bar by Janet Brooke is a mono and screen print that presents the industrial Gas Works alongside the domestic . This image forms part of the exhibition of Janet Brookes complex screen prints produced between 1985 to 2000. The exhibition is titled The Way We Were and takes place at Orso Major Gallery, 19 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RJ
In the case of the shop fronts, the build up of signage, paint, labels and notices are applied one on top of another, echoing the ever changing nature of London in particular.
Of this print called Billy’s Snack Bar by Janet Brooke, the artist says “Just off Hackney Road, the corner of Pritchards Road and Emma Street, the epitome of a greasy spoon, a colourful beacon in a very grey area. This was 1985 and the café remained looking exactly the same for many years. It’s changed its look somewhat but, amazingly, Billy’s is still there”
Brooke was inspired to capture these neglected aspects of our urban environment, recognising that soon they would be gone, and the memory of them would fade much like the paint on the fascia.
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You can read more about Janet Brooke and these prints of East London on the post by the Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life
Billy's Snack Bar, 1986
Shop Local, 1987
Take A Seat, 2000
Chemists Shop, 2000
Telephone, Telephone, 1997
Changing Times, 2001
At The End Of The Day, 1999
Take A Seat, Framed, Janet Brooke
Shop Local, Framed, Janet Brooke
Cafe, Framed, Janet Brooke
Changing Times, Framed, Janet Brooke
House by the Gas Works, Framed, Janet Brooke
The Way We Were Exhibition, Janet Brooke
Complex Screen Prints by Janet Brooke
You can hear an interview with Janet Brooke about her screen prints of East London here.