© The Artist
No. 9, 1973
David Redfern (b. 1947)
Crossing the threshold, Beyond the threshold
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.