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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Morning Light, Signet Library View details
Morning Light, Signet LibrarywatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Signet Library Capital I View details
Signet Library Capital IwatercolourH:51cm W:51cmSoldSignet Library Capital II View details
Signet Library Capital IIwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Signet Library Capital III View details
Signet Library Capital IIIwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Signet Library Capital IV View details
Signet Library Capital IVwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,950Bryce Capitals, Bank of Scotland View details
Bryce Capitals, Bank of ScotlandwatercolourH:76cm W:101.5cm£12,500Bryce Capitals, Bank of Scotland II View details
Bryce Capitals, Bank of Scotland IIwatercolourH:76cm W:76cm£5,750Caledonian Plinth View details