Doreen Poole
Born 1936, London

 

artwork Untitled (Andrew In His Moleskin Suit), Felt pen on paper, 42cm x 31cm

Doreen’s graphic images could be interpreted as recordings of her daily activities and experiences. Bold black outlines characterise her early work, but as Doreen has progressed in years her drawings have changed from these big graphic statements to a more subtle depiction of her surroundings and things of interest to her.

Text has always been important to Doreen, especially the inclusion of her own trademark signature of ‘dood’ which can be seen in almost every drawing. Looking back through the enormous volume of work she has produced over the years, one of the most interesting visual changes is the addition of random pieces of text found around her workspace and the containing of these letters in window-like structures around the drawings of objects. Beginning with symbols of favourite objects (such as the pink cross, blue sky and food – a hot cross bun, potato or banana) and working almost exclusively in Berol Fine coloured felt tip pens, Doreen adds objects of personal interest to her that day then divides up the rest of the clean white space with enclosed letters, numbers and words making each page a visual diary documenting each unique day.

artwork Untitled (Sanyo 1234567), Felt pen on paper, 42cm x 31cm, 1997

artwork Untitled (The Rookery), Felt pen on paper, 42cm x 31cm, 1997

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Untitled (Patsy), Felt pen on paper, 42cm x 31cm, 1997
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Untitled (The End), Felt pen on paper, 42cm x 31cm, 2001

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Untitled (Daniel Ray), Felt pen on paper, 42cm x 31cm, 2002


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