The Way We Were by Janet Brooke

The Way we Were by Janet Brooke


Image size 56 x76 cm

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Screen and mono print

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Edition of 6.

Produced in 2000.


The Way We Were is a mono and screen print by Janet Brooke 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 screen print by Janet Brooke called The Way We Were, the artist says

“A wall in Whitechapel, somewhere around Fieldgate Street, in 1983, advertising a hairdressers, which even then was way out of date.”

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 about Janet Brooke’s screen prints here.

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