Busking in the Underground


  • Medium: Water colour and ink on paper
  • Size: 25.5 x 32 cm
  • Date: 4 February, 2013
  • Frame: no
  • Shipping container: tube



There are times when emptying my mind in order to make a Depechist piece is virtually impossible. This image came about at such a time. I had been in London to buy some art supplies that morning and walked past a busker on my way to the tube train. Something I do frequently without it having any effect on me or my thinking. However, on this occasion when I got back to the studio, I couldn’t rid myself of the image. Perhaps it was the quality of his playing. I can’t remember if it was awful or wonderful. In any case, he became the subject for this painting. Even though it was made with a different mind set to the normal Depeche working process, I still applied the same time limits. That is using the length, in inches, of the longest side of the paper and converting those inches into minutes. In this case twelve and a half inches meant that I had twelve and a half minutes to complete the piece. Read the Depechism manifesto in the biography in this website to learn something of the rules we impose on ourselves.

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