The Dive by Janet Brooke is a mono and screen print that presents the industrial Gas Works alongside the domestic. This image formed part of the exhibition of Janet Brookes complex screen prints produced between 1985 to 2000. The exhibition titled The Way We Were took 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 Dive by Janet Brooke, the artist says “Another early print from 1980, close to where I lived in Ropery Street, a pub on the corner of Burdett Road and Hamlets Way, long since turned into flats. Even then you couldn’t tell what it was called from the worn out sign … it was actually The Crystal Tavern … inside full of mirrors, faded red velvet and ancient barmaids with back-combed hair.”
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 more about Janet Brooke’s screen prints of East London here.