The Chemists Shop by Janet Brooke

The Chemists Shop by Janet Brooke

£395.00

Image size 56 x76 cm

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Screen and mono print

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Edition of 6.

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The Chemists Shop 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 The Chemists Shop by Janet Brooke, the artist says

‘One of my early stomping grounds … Broadway Market in 1990.   Now one of the trendiest streets in Hackney full of cute little boutiques and coffee shops, a farmers market at the weekend, but then it was one of the most desolate streets in the area with most of the shops boarded up. I made a whole series of prints of this street as it seemed to sum up the times. I liked it best when it was in its period of transition, the first years of ‘Hidden Art’, when artists and designers were given empty shops for a couple of weekends to make into a gallery ….”

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 

You can hear Janet talk about her art works of the London’s East End in a conversation with the artist here

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