Cathy Read Art

Barbican - Defender of the Arts - Reproduction Giclee Print A3

107 GBP / In stock.
A limited edition A3 Reproduction giclee print of an original painting of the Barbican - Defender of the Arts by Cathy S R Read. The print is signed and numbered, with a white mount and includes a certificate of authenticity.

About the image:

You can’t ignore The Barbican Arts Centre

Love or hate it, sometimes you wonder what inspires a building? Take the Barbican, it classes as brutalist architecture but where did the ideas come from?

A conglomeration of diverse structures, it has a remarkable similarity to a rabbit warren. You can see where you need to go, but it isn’t always immediately obvious how to get there. Nonetheless it’s an impressive structure.

The lakeside terrace is overlooked by concrete structures. Which remind me of the pill boxes constructed during the second world war as part of the defence of the nation.

The Barbican Arts Centre has a reputation for cutting edge arts and these pill boxes got me thinking…

What could they be defending?

Well the answer is obviously the Arts but what would pill boxes use to defend the arts?

Perhaps an assault of Music, a Soliloquy, a painting, or a coreographed battle?

Whatever the Barbican Art Centre uses in the defence of the Arts with that architecture it won’t fade into the background.

The Barbican- Defender of the Arts is part of the 30 day Painting tour of London.


The original picture is painted on watercolour paper which has been treated with watercolour ground. The image is created with masking fluid before painting it with watercolour wash 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.

This is a giclee print copy on A3 watercolour paper.

Edition size 150