Old Kent Market, Margate, Kent, January 2020
This delicious still life gives plenty of clues as to the sort of stalls you’ll find inside the Old Kent Market. And there’s a definite suggestion of Old Dutch Masters in the style of this bold mural, making a strong contrast with the works on display at the Turner Contemporary gallery just along the road.
It is the work of a local artist, DAART, based just along the coast in Deal. The mural is inspired by a piece by the well known still life artist, Jan Davidszoon de Heem, ‘Still Life With Lobster‘ and was created n 2015.
The Old Kent Market opened in 2016, reviving this beautiful old building, that was once the Parade Cinema. It brings a vast array of eateries and other stalls to Margate’s seafront.
The building has been lovingly restored to show off its history and heritage. The old theatrical faces on the frontage have been given new life and colour, and now happily watch over the many visitors to this popular location.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 18 May 2020
Post updated with artist details, 7 August 2021