Cathy Read is an artist who was born and grew up in Middleton. The need to paint and draw has been with her since she could remember. She was educated in Chorlton and Rusholme commuting across Manchester to do so. Leaving home at 18 to study in Oxford.
Cathy moved to north Buckinghamshire where she and her husband bought a chapel and converted it into a home. She still lives there with her husband and three children. After working as a Occupational Therapist for 17 years she decided on a career change in 2008 and divides her time between her family and career as an Artist.
Cathy has not forgotten her roots – with family, friends and other ties in the region she returns regularly.
The decaying mills of the Cotton industry dominated where she grew up and have coloured her view of beauty. As has a fascination with canals and industry. Cathy says:
“These have influenced my more recent artwork. Working as a health professional for so long meant I saw the darker side of life and am keen to use art to highlight issues where I can. I have also used Art as therapy and am keenly aware how Art can ennoble, empower and generally lift spirits. An interest in caricaturing and cartoons developed out of this. Although my primary interest is Fine art”.
Able to produce work in many styles Cathy is currently concentrating on mixed media abstracts. People in all their complexity intrigue her. She enjoys creating art that emphasises texture coupled with geometric forms. She uses these to illustrate aspects of personality or particular emotive issues. Although the images can sometimes be just a celebration of life and a consideration of its transient nature. Her work is energetic and free with an emphasis on movement and expression.
Cathy’s abstract style grew from experimentation with texture and a fascination with how paint can be controlled by blowing air across the liquid ink. The masked linear patterns provide structure and allow a deeper exploration of the abstract concepts.
Cathy has had work on display at several exhibitions in and around North Buckinghamshire. Her current aim is a one woman exhibition in a major gallery in a UK city – first choices Manchester or London. She is a member of Buckingham Art for All (BAFA), the Society for All Artists (SAA) and The Wheel in Banbury. She has been involved in a number of community projects in Buckingham. She was involved in the development of the Bafa Gallery Art Trail in Buckingham.
Cathy’s work can be seen in Ginny Gray Gallery in Buckingham and at the Chiltern Open Air Museum near Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
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