Oxford University Press Bookshop – Original Painting


Oxford University Press Bookshop – An original painting by Cathy Read. Created in England in 2013. Includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing: The painting is currently unframed. The painting is 40cm high x 40cm wide, framed size will be approx 60cm high x 60cm wide. Framing will be arranged in white.frame with double mount off white and dark grey.  Please allow up to three weeks for framing.

Framed images are for guidance only and may differ slightly from the actual framing.

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

Oxford University Press Bookshop – Original Painting

About the image:

For many years, 116–117 High Street was the home of the Oxford University Press Bookshop. A victim of the Covid Pandemic in 2020, it never reopened. The shop is still around, but is now located within Blackwells on Broad Street. This painting was created for a competition for a new logo for the High Street store back in 2013. It was shortlisted and came runner up. Painted blue, how could it be any other colour? Well perhaps it should be dark blue, after all, that is the Oxford colour. The light blue does complement the darker woodwork, so we might forgive its use in this instance.

Creation: Masking fluid is painted onto watercolour paper to create an image. This is covered with a watercolour wash and covered with clingfilm. The picture is further developed using acrylic inks once the film is removed. The masking is removed after several layers are added and allowed to dry. Revealing the final picture.


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