Hugh Buchanan British, b. 1958


Hugh Buchanan, born in Edinburgh in 1958, studied at Edinburgh College of Art. After completing post-graduate studies in 1981, he was awarded travel scholarships to the Middle East, North Italy and the Balkans and has traveled regularly throughout Europe to visit and paint in watercolour buildings and interiors from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Over several years he worked on commissions for the National Trust and in 1987 was invited by King Charles III to paint a series of interiors of Balmoral and at Highgrove in 1994. In 1988 he was commissioned by the House of Commons to paint four interiors in the Palace of Westminster.


Hugh Buchanan's paintings are in the Collections of HM King Charles; The Royal Collection; the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Edinburgh City Art Galleries, the Palace of Westminster, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen, the Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Flemings Bank, Deutsche Bank, the National Trust for Scotland and the National Trust for England.


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. In 1987 he was one of Ten British Watercolourists shown at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, Spain. In 1991 he exhibited at the Lincoln Centre, New York. In 1998 five works by Hugh Buchanan were included in the exhibition Princes as Patrons: The Art Collections of the Princes of Wales from the Renaissance to the Present Day shown at the National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff. In 2005/6 his paintings featured in Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, at the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh and Queen's Gallery, London. He has held fourteen solo exhibitions in London and has been represented by David Simon Contemporary since 2014.