Cathy Read re-imagines iconic architecture using explosive, colourful drops and trails of paint, held together with a structure of white lines. Inspired by looming, dramatic urban and industrial architecture, she draws on influences from various cities in the UK. In a previous life she worked as an Occupational Therapist using large art projects to help develop motor skills in children.
She exhibits with the Society of Women Artists in London and was awarded the Barbara Tate Memorial Award in 2015. Her work is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and corporate collections. She is represented by Artzu Gallery Manchester and appeared on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
Originally from Manchester she now lives in a chapel near Buckingham which she converted with her husband. She lives close enough to London to get her Urban Architecture fix when needed.
When Cathy’s not steering 60ft of steel canal boat along the British waterways and wielding a windlass, she can be found splattering paint and singing loudly in her Buckinghamshire Studio.
By drawing with masking fluid, she’s able 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, Cathy’s able to convey the mundane and the ordinary next to the glorious and spectacular.
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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. 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 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. She has also shown with the Royal Watercolour Society in London.