Metropolitan Abstracts

Cathy Read

Painting of architecture in Gracechurch Street in London with clock face

Gracechurch-Street-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-ink – ©2017- Cathy Read – £550

My paintings are snapshots, I look for contrasts where they occur: such as new buildings, with clean shapes and lines, alongside old decaying ones; or geometric architecture softened by nature over time

Buildings reflect the dreams of the people who create them. By using an abstract technique I capture that dreamlike quality. The masking fluid creates a linear structure which holds together the fluid and energetic paint and ink shapes. The ink, especially, allows mini explosions of colour which evolve during the drying process.

With these paintings I am looking for perspectives that convey the scale of the buildings. That sense of Awe at their sheer size. By experimenting with angles, foreshortening and shapes, I seek the essence of the vision behind their creation and that childhood sense of looming where the building feels like it will topple on you.


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

Manchester-Central-Library-watecolour-and-acrylic-ink ©2017- Cathy Read – £550



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