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© The Artist

No. 9, 1973

David Redfern (b. 1947)

Crossing the threshold, Beyond the threshold

  • Medium:
    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:
    53 × 120 cm
  • Collection:
    Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London
  • Coll. No:
    AC 1651

Click here to listen to an atmospheric soundscape produced by sound artist Michele Bianchin to accompany the viewing of 'No.9' by David Redfern.

David Redfern aims to create art that relates to people’s lives, an aspiration materialised in No. 9. The painting depicts a solitary figure, gazing out of a steamed-up window on a bus. The traveller seems to be lost in a daydream. For many, commuting is an unremarkable part of daily life, yet these journeys can reveal surprising insights on surrounding environments and unexpected relationships with fellow commuters. While travelling connects us to one another, it can also offer a moment of mental respite from the demands of day-to-day life.