The original painting White Bicycle
A limited edition A3 Reproduction giclee print of an original painting
of the White Bicycle by Cathy S R Read. The print is signed and numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity. The print can be mounted if required.
About the image:
The White Bicycle painting emerged from a moment of inspiration. I had a meeting in December with Artzu Gallery in Manchester. I took my camera with the intention of getting some new reference images. I didn't have to go far.
The gallery is in part of the old Granada television studio where they used to film Coronation Street. They still do but in their new studios in Salford. The old set is open to tourists and, whilst I’m not a fan, I was curious and walked in that direction. After leaving the gallery I turned the corner down a dark alley, I say dark but it was the buildings that were dark. The sun was shining brightly and illuminated a silver bike in such a way that it glowed.
I was intrigued by the shape of the steps and railings and the ordinariness of the object and position made ethereal by light.
I can never tell with a painting how it will actually look until the moment I remove the masking. So I’m particularly pleased with how the brickwork and the rear wheel/saddlebag came out. I decided to call it White Bicycle. Why? Because there was a song by Nazareth called My White Bicycle and it was going through my head the whole time I was painting it.
was selected for the Society of Women artists Summer exhibition in 2015
The original picture is
painted on watercolour paper. 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.
Edition size 150