These small drawings are more representational in character than the large ones.
Charcoal on paper. 210 x 297mm
Some are framed.
In the ten years I’ve known Nunhead Station it has only recently acquired the luxuries that many other stations in London might take for granted – seats, a small coffee shop open in the morning. It’s high up. You can see right across to Canary Wharf over the rooftops of surrounding houses. It’s exposed and bitterly cold in winter.
Drawing of a mother and small girl at Nunhead Station. Not all trains stop here. Trains are often cancelled, so people waiting have a sense of being there for some time, expectant, but not knowing when the wait will end.
Peckham Rye Station also has a special bleakness. It’s high up and you can see a long way when you’re on the train, waiting for passengers to get on and off. You get great views of different skies – blue, grey, clouds, night and day, endless changes, over the long fence or wall. People getting on and off are always interesting.
Denmark Hill Station is low down surrounded by high walls. It’s an old station, with old fashioned columns and windows. The station always provides complex images, light glancing off windows but all quite dark so you are aware of people and things inside the train, reflected in the windows, as well as what is seen outside.
On the way to Elephant and Castle there is the contrast of the old and interesting – warehouse buildings, workshops, disused factories, with the new and mostly sterile thrusting glass monuments to making money. Great that that graffiti is everywhere.
City Thameslink is an upgraded station full of interesting angles. I’ve made several larger drawings as well.
The final stage of the journey from City Thameslink to St Pancras. High walls with abstract lines made by horizontal cables, ending with the metallic walls of the station itself.