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Arrival – King’s Cross St Pancras Station by John Duffin.
Limited edition etching print.
Etching – hand printed
Signed – John Duffin
King’s Cross Station is a place of meetings, departures and an ever changing flux of people. I travel on the train a lot and am an expert on the subtle lighting and moods of these large train stations, each one has a mood and a feel to it. Since its refurbishment this train station has become perhaps the most dynamic of the great portals into London, it now has a feeling of victorian gothic twinned with a contemporary modernism. This print shows an influx of figures into the city, all those stories, lives and moments together during the train journey are suddenly launched into the city like atoms exploding.
Based on drawings made at King’s Cross Station I was trying to capture the busy entry into a big city and the myriad stories of all of the individuals arriving together and going their separate ways to far flung parts of the city as they leave the train.
John Duffin is a painter and printmaker whose work is based on the modern environments of cities and towns, creating dynamic, cinematic images of contemporary urban life. His unique images of architecture, lighting and figures have been greatly praised and awarded, recently receiving The Most Outstanding Print Award from Sir peter Blake, he has a distinctive artistic voice and has much to say in his work about contemporary life in all of it’s manifestations. His work is in the tradition of LS Lowry in Britain and Edward Hopper in America and like these artists he creates unique views of contemporary urban life, a combination of his ability as a draughtsman, his imagination and his personal use of perspective and colour. He makes drawings and watercolours in front of his chosen subject and takes these sketches back to his London studio where he creates from them his own imaginative interpretation of the site, recreating the place anew via his own imagination. His work is redolent with influences from cinema, graphic novels and the history of figurative painting, but from this comes a vision that is his alone.
Size: H:38 cm x W:25 cm