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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Colonnade, Royal Scottish Academy View details
Colonnade, Royal Scottish AcademywatercolourH:76cm W:101.5cm£12,500Old College View details
Old CollegewatercolourH:101.5cm W:101.5cm£17,500Bucranae, Old College Quad View details
Bucranae, Old College QuadwatercolourH:101.5cm W:101.5cm£17,500St Andrew and St George View details
St Andrew and St GeorgewatercolourH:66cm W:66cmReservedSignet Library III View details