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Passing the Portico Library- A4 Digital Print


Passing the Portico Library – Limited edition A4 Scinterescent Digital print of an original painting by Cathy Read swa. The print is signed and presented in a single off white mount ready to fit a standard 20″ x 16″ frame of your choice. (Frame not included) Includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing – The print is sold unframed with a single off white mount. Images are for guidance only

Care: Display under glass. Keep print 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 (can be backordered)

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About the Image

Walking down Mosely Street in Manchester, the Portico Library is this gem of a building in a Neoclassical style. The Portico Library dominates this painting, its brilliant pinks and yellows contrast with dark browns, almost turning black in the central areas. This gloom leads into the library itself, defining Roman style columns in the process.

Brilliant colour

Colour is what you notice first, then you begin to appreciate the vastness of the building. In Mosley street, people march past purposefully. Above their heads, the power lines for the trams are suspended. Blown ink tendrils, exploding like sparks, bring life to the static cables.
In the road, a lady wearing a pink coat walks along the tram lines. She’s oblivious to any potential danger. Maybe you look around fearfully, but she’s safe, for now. There’s no sign of a tram!

On our right, there’s a strip of painting, drained of colour, it’s virtually monochromatic. You may notice it an stare a while, but your eyes are soon drawn back to the library, and its brilliant colour impacts you once again.
Random colours blend as green, ochres, and browns merge to the right, while pinks and yellows find other places.

That dark recess behind the columns reveals tentative details of fine windows and doorways. The hint of a light but no clues to what’s inside the building. Enticing though those doors may be, we will never walk through them and learn what’s inside.
But we’re always free to look at the painting and speculate.


How was the original Passing the Portico Library painting created?
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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