Stuart graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992, having studied Fine Art Drawing and Painting, and has been a professional artist since setting up his studio in 1993 in Glasgow.
His paintings are representational, with figures set in richly textured, colourful oil landscapes. They depict images of figures, usually imagined and anonymous, in ambiguous painterly landscapes. He hopes to produce a positive response in the viewer, be it a smile or the triggering of a personal recollection, via strangely familiar scenes, reminiscent of inner memories.
In 1991 he was awarded the Patrick Allan Fraser Scholarship, and in 1998 was the Artist in Residence at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath. In 2006 he was chosen to undertake a Scottish Arts Council “pARTners” residency for two years, prompting a move from his native Glasgow.
Stuart is now living in the historic fishing village of Catterline on the east coast of Scotland, and is continuing the village’s artistic heritage by working full time from the Watch House studio there. His work has been included in many shows both North and South of the Border, as well as exhibition in T’blisi and New York.
“I like to think that the viewer does not need to know where the figures are nor what they are doing, to relate to the personal moments that I seek to capture in my work.” Stuart Buchanan, 2006.