Bill Jacklin comments on capturing the moment before the event 'I suppose it is a wry observation of this city in the sense that there's always something going on and it's a very contradictory kind of place... as an observer, you often don't know exactly what's happening. I'm interested in the phenomenon, but not just from a detached point of view. The feeling that I have is quite full... the kind of feeling that you have when you look up at the night sky about the fullness of time and life passing. I think in these paintings there's a certain element of that. Everyone's racing around, whether its the shadows, the people or the clouds. They are like a frieze of something that I've seen in the city' (see J. Lloyd, Exhibition catalogue, Bill Jacklin : silhouettes and shadows : New York City., Marlborough Fine Art, London, 2011).