Railism by Richard Shields


Self Portrait






Throughout the Railism collection (2014 – present) there are different series of paintings; some are of curators Shields has worked with, others respond to the environments encountered on train journeys and some are references to other areas of the artists practice.

“The idea to paint on a blank train ticket originated as a portrait of my young nephew and niece. The uncertainty of the ticket’s destination emulated that of the future journeys awaiting my young family members. The relevance of a blank ticket bares different significance to each sitter.”


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