Building the Inner Distribution Road, No 3 ( Ray Atkins)
Title: Building the Inner Distribution Road, No 3
Artist: Ray Atkins
Date of Work: 1970
Medium: painting: oil
Dimensions: h 1220 x w 1840 mm
Caption: When Ray Atkins arrived in Reading in 1968 the construction of the IDR was already underway and changing the geography of the town. He painted and drew its progress over several years, working on large boards set up on semi-permanent structures overlooking the building sites. The masterful paintings took time to build into thick layers of gestural paint which remain a lyrical record of the sensations Atkins felt watching the activity.
Object Number: 2017.100.1
Acknowledgements: Reading Foundation for Art Collection
Copyright: Image: Reading Borough Council/ Intellectual: The artist