Master of Masking

Cathy Read

Painting of architecture in Gracechurch Street in London with clock face


“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. “

Cassie Rief – Empty Easel


Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016

Cathy Read painting during Landscape Artist of the Year Competition - Courtesy Storyvault Films

Landscape Artist Of The Year Heat 1 © Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

Cathy featured in Heat 1 of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.

You can see how she got on in the first episode on Sky Arts

Painting of Manchester-Central-Library-watecolour-and-acrylic-ink


Drawing with masking fluid enables contemporary artist Cathy Read to reflect city life in all it’s glory in her urban landscape paintings.

From ground breaking designs of cutting edge architecture to the decaying remnants of a glorious past, you can see them all 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. See how 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. Watch how the city is brought to life.

Cathy S R ReadCathy Read is 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 and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in London.



poster image logo #4950Paintings Challenge clock imageInvitation to Cathy Read Art open Studio on 4th May and 5th MayArtist and Illustrators Prizewinner


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