We present Hugh Buchanan’s Capital City, an exploration of the character of Edinburgh, viewed through the multiplicity of its capitals and columns. The Classical tradition of the city is present in the proportion and detail of so many of Edinburgh’s great buildings, but light, or the lack of it, defines the city’s character. Buchanan’s palette, the servant of light, is timeless: he rejoices in gloomy veils of time as well as in contemporary tungsten, neon, or clear daylight.
In my most recent exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, in 2017, I celebrated 250 years of Edinburgh’s New Town. In retrospect, I felt that there were two areas of Edinburgh’s heritage that I could have developed further. Firstly, the extraordinary variety and quality of the city’s capitals and columns and, secondly, the texture of the stone itself. This exhibition explores both those areas. Hugh Buchanan 2019
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Gallery Talk | Saturday 7 December - 11 - 12noon
Join Hugh Buchanan with book designer and publisher Robert Dalrymple for a captivating discussion on Hugh’s exhibition. Click here to RSVP.
Signet Library Fragment View details
Signet Library FragmentwatercolourH:38cm W:28cm£2,950Colonnade, Royal Scottish Academy View details
Colonnade, Royal Scottish AcademywatercolourH:76cm W:101.5cm£12,500Triglyphs and Metopes, Royal Scottish Academy I View details
Triglyphs and Metopes, Royal Scottish Academy IwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Triglyphs and Metopes, Royal Scottish Academy II View details
Triglyphs and Metopes, Royal Scottish Academy IIwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Pink Playfair, Royal Scottish Academy View details
Pink Playfair, Royal Scottish AcademywatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Purple Playfair, Royal Scottish Academy View details
Purple Playfair, Royal Scottish AcademywatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Entablature, Royal Scottish Academy View details
Entablature, Royal Scottish AcademywatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950George Street, Capital I View details