“The master of masking, the architect of art, the sultan of splash! Cathy Read of Manchester assumes all these identities and more with her simultaneously precise, yet free-flowing artistic style. “
Cathy Read’s urban landscape paintings convey the excitement of the City.
Drawing with masking fluid enables her to reflect the city in all it’s glory. From the ground breaking designs of cutting edge architecture to the decaying remnants of a glorious past. All these are lovingly embraced in her watercolour and acrylic ink paintings. Utilising the vibrant colours of the media to convey the mundane and the ordinary next to the glorious and spectacular.
Cathy’s distinctive paintings depict the geometric shapes and inherent patterns of architecture in a free, expressive style. Drawing inspiration for the paintings from time spent in London and other major cities, such as Manchester and Oxford.
Cathy Read is a self taught, her earlier paintings were predominantly circle based abstracts but then developed into urban landscapes fueled by a lifelong interest in buildings. This evolution was only natural following a childhood dominated by the giant mills of the Cotton industry in the North.
Cathy’s artwork is shown around the UK, Europe, and is in collections as far afield as Canada and Africa. Commissioned by Oxford University Press, her work illustrates the 2016 Oxford Almanack. The original painting is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Cathy Read is a member of the Society of Women Artists exhibiting with them in London since 2013. She received the Barbara Tate Memorial Award in 2015. Cathy has also shown with the Royal Watercolour Society in London.