Manchester Paintings

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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Video Title for Artist Talk for Saturday Night Live Art Shows.

Painting Manchester Maps I Featured a Bee. Why?

Painting Manchester Maps I had to include a bee, a symbol associated with Manchester for years which took on added significance in 2017 following the Arena Bombing. They’ve crept into my work, never more consciously so than in this painting. This weeks for Saturday Night Live Art Shows I’m sharing a recent painting that I’ve …

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Painting Home. Painting of Manchester's Piccadily Station and the footbridge leading to the main entrance.

Painting Home, When does The Journey Begin?

What is painting home for an artist? After I left home to study in Oxford aged 18, Piccadilly station became a familiar sight to me. It always marked the beginning of the journey, even though, in reality, I’d already been travelling half an hour. Coming home for holidays, the homeward bound feeling only happened when …

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Irwell Reflections - Cathy Read - Watercolour and acrylic ink - ©2019

Painting of the Irwell in Manchester, art meditations

Dwarfed among the towers sits the historic Cathedral in this painting of the Irwell in Manchester. Dark colouring in stark contrast to the golds, ochres, pinks and purples of the dwellings to the right. Apartment blocks tower either side of the ancient River Irwell. Imperfect reflections on its rippling surface as the waters pass through. …

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