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Charing Cross Station – Original Painting


Charing Cross Station – An original painting by Cathy Read. Created in England in 2019. The painting is 76cm high by 56 cm wide. The painting includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing: The painting is currently unframed but can be framed in white with an double mount.- off white  and dark grey – (See sample images.) The painting is 76cm high x 56cm wide, framed size would be approx 96 high x 76 wide.

Care: Display under glass. Keep painting away from moisture, heat and bright lights or direct sunlight.

All copyrights are retained by the artist, and the artwork cannot be reproduced without consent from Cathy Read.

Availability: In stock

Charing Cross Station – Original Painting

About the Image
Charing Cross Station is one of 4 paintings selected for the Society of Women Artists 159th Annual Exhibition and has recently returned from the 20th International Art Exchange Exhibition at Chiba City Art Museum in Japan.
A Bright Red Underground sign perches on top of a shiny pole. Standing like a lollipop, it virtually splits the painting down the middle. You see it towering overhead, as you look up from the underground entrance. Silver railings on the right break up your view of the street. The back of the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross, obvious from the ornate walkway that bridges the gap between the buildings on the third floor. They didn’t spare the detail on this one. Ornate to a point of vulgarity perhaps? Whatever your taste, the Amba Hotel‘s a building that’s hard to ignore. Although I wonder?
Have you noticed that people walk around cities in a trance? They spend years on the same commute and that makes them move automatically. Apart from the need to check for traffic, your average commuter misses most things, unless their attention is drawn to it by an unusual event.
The lollipop underground sign is framed by the buildings against a deep cerulean sky. Colours have bled from the walls and other details. Tinges of pink, brown and ochre struggle for attention, but that blue dominates. A few people mingle in the street, merging into the buildings. You hardly notice the blond girl or the youth with a back pack Look closely at the image, the structure on the right is drawn in such detail that there remains little of the colour. Contrast it with the walls above the Five guys building. The windows are defined but the walls are streaks of colour. Brickwork, a mere suggestion, but you see bricks. Reflections on stainless steel of the railings and the windows of the walkways show the outside world but there’s no hint at what lies behind the glass. In some cases the windows show darkness, the darkness of a private world. A world on which we can but speculate. What’s hidden in the shadows?
Charing Cross Underground station has a number of exits, but look up next time you’re there and this scene might just greet you.

Creation: An initial pencil drawing onto watercolour paper was created. These lines were then drawn over using masking fluid. Next, they were painted using watercolour paint and acrylic ink. Several layers of paint were built up. Salt was also used in the process and some of the ink blown around using a straw. Once the painting was dry the masking fluid was removed to reveal the finished painting


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