Manchester Paintings

Urban painting of an ambulance called Emergency Run by Cathy Read ©2016 watercolour and acrylic ink painting

Everyday Drama in an Urban Painting

Speeding through the City Street. An ambulance on an emergency run dominates this urban painting. The bright yellow and blue vehicle hurtles past, on the opposite carriageway, heading to a shout. Its yellow paintwork reflecting on the surrounding walls. Although it doesn’t seem to hurry at all, does it? Frozen in time, it’s ever on …

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Painting of Deansgate in Manchester by artist Cathy Read featuring new Tower blocks, cars and railway bridge

Deansgate Painting – Musing on a Dark City

Urban Romance Cities have romantic charm at night. The dark shadows in low light hide the flaws painfully obvious in the harsh light of day. In this Deansgate painting, the coloured lights seem like fairy lights on a Christmas tree. Shadows merge shapes, and the imagination can often offer interesting and unnerving interpretations, of what …

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Painting of Yellow tram outside Manchester City Art Gallery created by Artist Cathy Read

Manchester Tram Leaving St Peter’s Square

A bright yellow Manchester tram The yellow paintwork is a distinctive feature of the Manchester tram, making them easy to spot as they approach. This one dominates the bottom of the image, declaring Piccadilly as its destination. It reminds me of a previous painting Piccadilly Bound, I wonder if it’s the same one? Mosley Street …

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Painting of Stevenson Square with the graffitiBees - 50 x 40cm ©2019 Cathy Read

Stevenson Square Bees.

STEVENSON SQUARE BEES Stevenson Square Bees. The humble worker bee is a famous Manchester symbol and city emblem spanning over 150 years.  In the 18th and 19th Centuries, Manchester was at the Industrial Revolution’s very heart – colloquially known as “Cottonopolis” because of the vast cotton fabric production. The Mancunian factories were sometimes referred to …

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