Just as Banksy's book "Wall and piece" gave people an easy access to street art, the title ACTION PAINTING gives outsiders a profound insight into the phenomenon of painting on trains. An insight into a closed world with its adventures, its special techniques, its ethics and all the passion behind these humourus, radical, sometimes political or straight typographical pieces of art.
All works presented in this book are no longer existent. Gone for good, washed off the side of the train, sometimes only hours after their creation. What remains is a little photo. A last glimpse of what to create took much skill, courage, determination and the risk of paying horrendous fines or even going to jail for it. The fate of that little photo is often to end up in a shoe box hidden for the constant fear of criminal prosecution.
The authors of ACTION PAINTING have brought many of these photos back to the light and have created the most comprehensive collection of art painted on Europe's transit systems until today. The task had much of a treasure hunt, as it was a long chain of conspiratorial contacts which in the end lead to unmarked packages that would arrive, containing the sought after photos.
On 216 coloured pages one finds the highlights of what has been riding on the rails between Helsinki and Madrid in the past quarter century.