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Printworks – Original Painting


Printworks  – An original painting by Cathy Read. Created in England in 2017.

The painting is 50cm high by 40 cm wide.

The painting includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing – The painting is sold framed in a white frame with double mount off white and dark gre. Images are for guidance only

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

Printworks – Original Painting

About the Image

How To begin? Print works, was once the home of the mirror group presses, in the days when print was King and computers occupied vast rooms. These days it’s a hotspot, one of many images is nightlife. Behind the CIS building towers, once the largest UK skyscraper outside London but not anymore. Face the other way and look down Deansgate or Corporation Street and you’ll see a growing skyline. It started with Beetham’s tower and gradually expands.

To our left is Corn Exchange. The blue and white sign is hard to read at this angle. Although, given its letters have been squashed into a square sign with three lines, it’s hard to read face on as well. I liked design but sometimes I think designers can be too clever for their own good.

Why this view? I wanted to show the contrast between old and new Manchester. I’m also a sucker for a clock. What can I say, timepieces fascinate me. How can you measure time? It flies when you’re happy and drags when you’re bored. Yet we like to try. Sure it’s important to be able to predict when trains are leaving, and so on. But isn’t it great when you’re off the clock and can let time pass and just be in the moment.

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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