Cathy Read re-imagines iconic architecture using explosive, colourful drops and trails of paint, held together with a structure of white lines. Inspired by looming, dramatic, urban and industrial architecture, she draws on influences from various cities in the UK. In a previous life she worked as an Occupational Therapist using large art projects to help develop motor skills in children.


Cathy has exhibited with the SWA since 2013, becoming a member in 2015. She was awarded the Barbara Tate Memorial Award in 2015. She's also exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. Cathy was a contestant in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Competition, in 2016 and 2017 Shortlisted for the 2017 Artist of the year held by Artist and Illustrators Magazine, she received the Wild and Tame award for her Toast Rack painting. 2018 saw a solo exhibition “Take a Trip to Marylebone” at Claydon House in October. Also in 2018, she completed the 4950 Challenge, a series of 50 paintings featurings architectural details on buildings in Buckingham area.


Manchester born, she lives in a chapel which she converted with her husband, living close enough to London to get her Urban Architecture fix when needed. When Cathy's not steering 60ft of steel canal boat along the British waterways and wielding a windlass, she can be found splattering paint and singing loudly in her Studio.

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