Biography

BAHLSEN UK & IRELAND RANDALL HOUSE, CHALFONT ST PETER UNITED KINGDOM by - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 80 x 130cm ©2018

Biography:

Cathy Read

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 fine 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.

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SaCathy Read is self taught. Her earlier paintings were predominantly circle based abstracts. Later developing into urban landscapes, fuelled by a lifelong interest in buildings. A natural evolution after a childhood dominated by the giant decaying mills of the Cotton industry in the North of England.


Cathy exhibits her paintings around the UK, Europe, and is in collections as far afield as Canada, Africa and New Zealand.

Her painting of St Catherine’s College Quad (below) is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The piece was commissioned by Oxford University Press, to illustrate the 2016 Oxford Almanack.

Painting of St Catherine's Collge main QuadOxford-Almanack-image-by-Cathy-Read-©2015-Oxford-University-press-©2016-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-49.5-x-67.5-cm, in the Ashmolean
St Catherine’s College Quad Oxford Almanack 2016 – image-by-Cathy-Read-©2015-Oxford-University-press-2016-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-49.5-x-67.5-cm original in the Ashmolean

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.  

Lean on Me - ©2016 - Cathy Read - Watercolour and Acrylic - 50 x 40 cm
©2016 – Cathy Read – Lean on Me – Watercolour and Acrylic – 50 x 40 cm SOLD

Cathy appeared as a contestant on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016.

Interviewed by Frank Skinner on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Storyvault Films
Interviewed by Frank Skinner on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Storyvault Films

In 2017, she was shortlisted for Artist and Illustrators Artist of the Year and received the Wild and Tame award.

Painting of the Hollings building or Toast Rack in ManchesterToastrack - ©2016-Cathy-Read -Watercolour-and-acrylic-ink- SOLD
Toastrack – ©2016-Cathy-Read -Watercolour-and-acrylic-ink- SOLD

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.

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