About the Image
The Central Shopping Centre is a dominant feature of the city centre. Now vastly extended the original Shopping Centre is a Grade 2 listed building and one of its design innovations is to allow stores to be supplied without the lorries entering the pedestrian areas. 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 reflecting the life and vision. From the dominance of buildings such as the Point to the everyday unobtrusiveness of the underpass and shopping centre. My aim is to show the MK the residents know.
I aim to 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.
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.