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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Lothian Road I View details
Lothian Road IwatercolourH:38cm W:56cm£3,750Lothian Road II View details
Lothian Road IIwatercolourH:38cm W:38cm£3,250Lothian Road III View details
Lothian Road IIIwatercolourH:38cm W:51cm£3,450Acanthus Leaf I View details
Acanthus Leaf IwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,450Acanthus Leaf II View details
Acanthus Leaf IIwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,450Rutland Street View details
Rutland StreetwatercolourH:38cm W:56cm£3,750Caledonian Plinth I View details
Caledonian Plinth IwatercolourH:51cm W:51cm£3,750Caledonian Plinth II View details
Caledonian Plinth II2019watercolourH:56cm W:38cm£3,750Bryce Capitals, Bank of Scotland Study View details