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East End history explored in new exhibition

PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:26 11 August 2014

Beverley-Jane Stewart

Beverley-Jane Stewart

Sally Payne

The history of London's East End is being explored in a new exhibition by artist Beverley-Jane Stewart.

Story of the East End by Beverley-Jane StewartStory of the East End by Beverley-Jane Stewart

The collection of paintings and etchings is the result of a lifetime of work, intricately detailing the past and present of London.

Looking at how Jewish heritage operates in the modern multi-cultural society, Beverley-Jane spends time researching the heritage and culture of the communities featuring in each of her paintings.

She said: “I do about three a year, which gives you an idea of the time it takes me to look into it all.

While the exhibition, taking place in Mayfair’s Trinity House gallery, is Beverley-Jane’s first, she is not a newcomer to the art world.

London Marathon by Beverley-Jane StewartLondon Marathon by Beverley-Jane Stewart

“I’ve been an artist since I was nine,” she said. “I trained as a teacher but I’ve been doing art all my life.

“You need to give it your full dedication which I couldn’t when I was raising a family but now my daughters are grown up I work six days a week.”

The granddaughter of Jewish immigrants to east London, Beverley-Jane now lives in Hampstead.

Her compositions feature many well-known landmarks from past and present, including the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and Old Spitalfields Market.

The exhibition features 18 paintings and three etchings, something Beverley-Jane would like to do more of.

“The etchings are about east London,” she said.

“It’s a really interesting area, and it’s adapted to the people living in it.

“The darker bits represent the past and the colourful bits represent the future.”

Spirit Recaptured, an exhibition by Beverley-Jane Stewart, runs at Trinity House gallery, 50 Maddox Street, September 8 -17

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