About Cathy Read:
Former occupational therapist, Cathy Read turned artist in 2008. Self taught, she developed her distinctive style creating abstracts before moving to architecture. An interest fuelled by a lifelong fascination with buildings. Cultivated in a childhood dominated by the Cotton industry's giant mills in Manchester. She finds inspiration from buildings anywhere, especially London.
Dubbed the Master of Masking and the Sultan of Splash, Cathy's paintings depict geometric shapes and inherent patterns of architecture using her trademark white lines and ink trails. She brings the city to life, from the ground breaking designs of cutting edge architecture to historic landmarks.
Cathy has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists since 2013, becoming a member in 2015. when she was awarded the Barbara Tate Memorial Award for her Body of Work She's exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
Cathy was a contestant in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Competition, in 2016 and 2017. Shortlisted for Artist and Illustrators Artist of the Year 2017 she received the Wild and Tame Award
Cathy’s artwork is shown around the UK, Europe, and is in collections as far afield as Canada and Africa. Commissioned by Oxford University Press, her work illustrates the 2016 Oxford Almanack. The original painting is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.