Robert Buchanan’s abstract work depicts landscapes with a keen interest in shape and color play. He’s fascinated with the way blocks of color interact, the puzzle of a landscape coming together. Simple forms and unusual color combinations interact with a sense of spatial tension.
Buchanan studied printmaking and painting at the University of Washington, and in Italy and France; he also has a Masters in landscape architecture from Harvard. Buchanan puts these two disciplines together in the picture plane.
Buchanan has received a Prix de Rome Fellowship, a Fullbright Grant, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work in landscape architecture. Until 1979 he served as Landscape Architecture Chairman for the University of Washington. His works have been exhibited in Boston, San Francisco and Rome. In 1987 he served as Resident Artist at the Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris.
Buchanan’s work is included in such institutional collections as SAFECO, Nordstrom, Providence Hospital and Pacific Northwest Bell.