Ed Gray Art



Marunouchi Line

Maranouchi Line, Tokyo

The mask like faces of the salarymen and their grim but polite determination to endure the ritual of the daily commute is what appealed to me about making this painting. The white gloved guards roughly force the passengers into the carriages, delivering them into their roles as workers. To the left of the picture a poster of Hokusai’s ‘Mt. Fuji from the Foot’ and a water fountain sit in silence. There will be no eruption here, no gushing flow. All the elements and emotions are controlled and contained within. I’m told that the sign with the Manga character sign above their heads reads,’ A strong man must have a good heart‘.


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