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Aiming for Eternity (or Back to the City of London)

Art, Exhibition, London, Architecture, Reviewmadebymrsm
St Pauls from Watling Street by Janet Brooke
St Pauls from Watling Street by Janet Brooke

Regular readers may know that I used to work in the City of London (for 15 years - eeek!). I'm very happy to be doing what I do now, but I sometimes miss the place - not the work as such but the location. The City is a fascinating mix of winding alleys and wide streets, quirky old architecture (and similarly quirky old street names) and brand new modern offices. Janet Brooke's stunning prints capture the City just as I see it.

I first discovered Janet's work at Orso Major Gallery last year, and now she has an exhibition on at the gallery at The Salvation Army Headquarters on Queen Victoria Street.

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Document2

The exhibition brings together the complete series of prints Janet has produced depicting 33 Wren Churches of London, which she completed in the spring of this year. Janet's sophisticated lino prints are inspired by the Japanese woodblock tradition and are really quite stunning.

St. Dunstan in the East by Janet Brooke
St. Dunstan in the East by Janet Brooke
St Mary-at- Hill copy
St Mary-at- Hill copy

The exhibition takes it's name from a quote by Sir Christopher Wren: "Architecture aims at eternity" - considering how many of his churches still stand some 300 years after they were built, surviving the Blitz and years of redevelopment, this is quite apt.

St. James Garlickhythe
St. James Garlickhythe

The exhibition Aiming For Eternity (in conjunction with Orso Major Gallery) can be seen at Gallery 101, The Salvation Army International Headquarters, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH until 19 June 2015.

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