Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rush Hour VI, Oil on Canvas, 45 x 60cm, 2011

These are some real life quotes from real people on the tube in the RUSH HOUR in London! It's no joke, if you have been in the heat of it you will understand what it's all about.
I have been in the Rush Hour and it is a real hard time breathing-it's a typical rat race situation, one we have to live with as long as we use the public transport and want to get to work early.

Rush Hour VI, oil on canvas, 45x 60cm, 2011

This is what makes me paint these scenes-they are not just records of situations in busy cities but they are who we are in this fast generation!

Enjoy some quotes below taken from a public site of different peoples experiences.

"Why do people stare so much in London! And it's not as if they you see them looking at you just as they look around, they actually stare!!!"-A L Johnson

"I work for London Underground and when I make platform announcements at rush hour this is usually the structure:

Ladies and Gentlemen your next eastbound train will be in x mins.

The train may be quite full so please move down the platform and use all available space.

The train is approaching the station, please stand behind the yellow line.

Please let passengers off the train first before boarding.

This train is ready to depart, stand clear of the doors please, mind the doors.

Our objective is to get our customers on the train quickly and safely. The need to get the train out of the platform quickly is essential. We hate the last second boarder who jumps in the train whilst the doors are closing and jams them - causing delays. At rush hour, the Central line can run a train every minute. So please do not block the doors and listen to us when we say move down the platform."-R Rashid

"One time on the district line there was the usual 'stand clear of the doors' announcement when the doors shut the driver goes 'See now that wasnt so hard was it?' and what is it about people barging u wiv their hefty arse backpacks 2 get 2 a seat and then gettin off at the next xxxx stop?!"-D Hollands

Rush Hour VI on the easel with Palette

Special quote
We are here to learn lessons, and the world is our teacher
When we fail to learn a lesson, we get to take it again... and again!
Then once wev'e learnt the lesson, we move on to the next one. (and we never run out of lessons!).-Andrew Matthews


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patmosphere said...

Superb! Wonderful how even on the easel against a background of jostling books those structural bones leap from the canvas!

adebanji said...

Thanks Tim!

V. Deshmukh said...

Wow! Wha a lovely painting! You have captured the feeling of a busy suburban station so nicely.

adebanji said...

Thanks Pat! I didn't see it that way!

adebanji said...

Thanks Vinayak!

adebanji said...

Thanks Vinayak!

Stephanie Berry said...

Man! I'm glad I don't have to go thru that routine. I sometimes have the scary drive due to snow/ice. Love the painting.

adebanji said...

Thanks Stephanie-you sure are lucky!!!

Vern Schwarz said...

Wonderful piece Adebanji. I love how that lion like mass of blonde hair anchors the whole piece.

Happy birthday my friend, hope you have a great day.

adebanji said...

Thanks Vern! She is the focal point of the piece, we don't see her face but we can tell she won't be smiling but probably stressed and sweating!

Larry said...

I love the warm underpainting peaking through. It really makes the colors vibrate.

adebanji said...

Thanks Larry!

David said...

Impressive piece Adebanji. Packed with vibrant colours which suit the subejct entirely. You've conveyed the madness of rush hour in's not for the faint hearted!

adebanji said...

Thanks Dave! This is what it's all about!