Land of Make Believe


An Original Painting The Land of Make Believe by Cathy Read, part of the Milton Keynes project, taking an artistic look at this infamous city. The Land of Make Believe is Milton Keynes Theatre, a place where reality is suspended and fantasy takes flight and imagination runs wild.

(Free copy of the Milton Keynes Project Book with all M K Project paintings)

The Second image is to show framing style. Painting is currently unframed but will be framed in this style prior to shipping.

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Theatre is the ultimate fantasy, the creation of dreams. The Land of Make Believe was inspired by that dream. The long awaited theatre brought to a cultural dimention to the emerging city centre. Along with the MK Gallery, a simple cuboid structure. Its distinctive yellow façade reflected in the glass front, but now just a memory. Both buildings providing the essential cultural element for a new city to grow.

This painting is part of the Milton Keynes Project and features in the book. The brief: to create art inspired by the iconic structures around MK. A series of 20 paintings commissioned by Fringe Art MK Westbury

12 Paintings were exhibited at Project Space in Milton Keynes 13th June – 6th July 2012.

Coming to Milton Keynes in 1988 I found an established but still rapidly developing city. I was intrigued by the conscious aim to create something new. From the layout of the roads and redways to radical experimentation with architecture. Design and everyday living sitting side by side.

Milton Keynes dares to be itself. Not a pale imitation of traditional urban life.

As a new city it stands out and as such has a very different character from most cities in the UK. Milton Keynes developers chose a new way to be, and that’s what this series sets out to highlight. The architecture reflects that life and vision. From the dominance of buildings such as the Point to the everyday unobtrusiveness of an underpass and the shopping centre. My aim is to show the MK the residents know.

I depict buildings, not as static constructs but as frameworks around which the plays of everyday life are enacted. Buildings would not exist without people. They echo their creators both the people who design and those who build them. Likewise the people who inhabit a building are influenced by its spaces, breathing life and energy into it. The paintings are like these lives, sometimes ordered, but other times chaotic; simple but also complex; isolated and yet connected.

Materials used: Watercolour and acrylic ink on Watercolour Paper

Dimensions  40× 50× 0.2 cm (unframed) / 39× 49cm (actual image size)

FramingThe price includes framing which will be a White frame with double matt off white on top of dark grey. Because the Land of Make Believe is currently unframed, please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery;

All paintings come with a certificate of authenticity.

The picture is painted on watercolour paper. Cathy draws the lines with masking fluid to a planned arrangement before painting it with a watercolour wash which gets covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.


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