Voyeuristic Paintings of Quiet Moments on a City Subway

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Artist Gerard Boersma, who hails from the Netherlands, paints city subway scenes — but seems most interested in observing those quiet moments passengers lose themselves in a newspaper or peer between the seats to watch the people around them. The realistic portraits of strangers on a European metro have a voyeuristic perspective, each subject unaware they’re being studied as they study others. Boersma’s paintings bring to mind those fleeting moments you share with a fellow passenger on the train, imagining what their life and world are like based on the book they’re carrying, the packages in their lap, and the expression on their face.

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma

Image credit: Gerard Boersma