Hugh Buchanan

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Hugh Buchanan was born in Edinburgh in 1958 . The city instilled in him a lifelong love of architecture which he developed as a student at Edinburgh College of Art. Over several years he worked on commissions for the National Trust and in 1987 was invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to paint a series of interiors of Balmoral, subsequently completing a further sequence at Highgrove in 1994. In 1988 he was commissioned by the House of Commons to paint four interiors in the Palace of Westminster, and in 2002 he was commissioned by the House of Lords to paint the lying in state of the Queen Mother at the Palace of Westminster. Hugh Buchanan's paintings are also in the collections of  the Victoria and Albert Museum,  Edinburgh City Art Centre, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen, the Bank of Scotland,  Flemings Bank and Deutsche Bank.

On drawing

To draw is to look. To look and to understand our environment. In my case I have chosen to inhabit a world of museums and libraries. In each attempt to describe these spaces every pencil and rubber mark is there to edit and simplify the essence of the subject. Furthermore, the surface grain of the paper is exploited to evoke the qualities of vellum, wood, light and dust or, in my recent work, the eggshell sheen of porcelain. While others use line, an understanding of tone and perspective is, for me, essential, to evoke the drama and pathos I require. When teaching, I will always attempt to demonstrate the various techniques whether it be through the regular hatching strokes of Cotman and Gainsborough or the eraser marked smudges of Auerbach and Richter.

Hugh Buchanan