If you’ve dropped by Waterstone’s bookshop in Walthamstow E17 recently you will have noticed ART between the heaving bookshelves.
Artist and Waterstone’s assistant James Bainbridge took the initiative to display art on the unused wall space around the Walthamstow store, and in collaboration with E17 Art House Picture Framers and Gallery, Waterstone’s is now showing art from local East London artists and designers including Kirsten Schmidt and Paul Lindt, and International artists Kozyndan (Hokusai’s wave – with bunnies) and Mika Murakami.
The art prints and paintings, including Kozyndan’s “Bunny Seasons” prints on display at Waterstone’s Selborne Walk are available to buy through E17 Art House. Call us on 020 8509 8211 if you are interested in purchasing, or pop in to see our full selection of affordable art.
How to get to E17 Art House
To find us from Waterstone’s E17, walk up to the top of the market, cross Hoe Street on to Church Hill and we are just on the right, on Stainforth Road – opposite the Post Office Sorting Office.
Check our location on this easy map.
Paul montaged hundreds of photographs of the houses on his own road to create his personal version of Google’s Streetview.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The road features just about every fashion for popular house design from the past 160 years, making the piece not just a portrait of an individual street but one that also encapsulates a significant part of Walthamstow’s history, as it evolved from a rural haven for the wealthy to the densely populated town we see today.
This transformation was brought about by the arrival of the railway in the late 1840s. With the first houses started in 1850, Grosvenor Park Road was one of the first developments to house the new “commuters”, constructed as it was on the drive of one of Walthamstow’s many grand mansions, the now demolished Grosvenor House.
The new houses began at the Hoe Street end in the georgian “villa” style targeted at the middle classes, but as local industries also arrived to replace the agriculture, smaller more humble cottage style houses started to be built for people working locally. The eclectic mixture of houses on this single street, some dating back to the 1850s, aptly reflects the history and evolution of Walthamstow.
Paul Lindt’s “Walthamstow” poster is also available in a wide format at E17 Art House.