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modern artists gallery presents:



Stuart Buchanan, Lucy Orchard & Frank To

Two Scottish Painters and One Other, at the Modern Artists Gallery this Autumn, presents a selection of new paintings by 3 invited artists, all of whom have strong connections with Scotland and the painterly tradition of its Art Colleges - Stuart Buchanan, Lucy Orchard and Frank To. Both Buchanan and Orchard have exhibited successfully with us in the past and we are delighted to unveil their latest body of work, as well as introducing new paintings by Frank To.

Stuart Buchanan’s evocative and textured paintings pay homage to the Scottish tradition of figurative painting, whilst retaining a contemporary edge. Having recently relocated to the small fishing village of Catterline on Scotland’s East Coast, he draws inspiration from the area’s rugged landscape, its wildlife and changing colours, as well as from his own childhood memories. Buchanan graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and following a period of travel in Egypt and Chile, set up his first studio in Edinburgh before moving back to Glasgow in 1997. After ten years painting full time from his Merchant City studio in Glasgow Stuart has since accepted a Scottish Arts Council Residency (in partnership with Aberdeen City Council) and now lives and paints in rural Aberdeenshire. He continues to exhibit regularly in England, Scotland and internationally.

Lucy Orchard is currently working on a body of work concerned with the vulnerability of Contemporary living, and how the western ideology of individual freedom is often an impossibility. Stylistically Lucy’s work is characterised by a frequent transition between both flat and densely worked areas, and delicate flickering outlines.

Following her previous Solo exhibition at the Modern Artists Gallery in 2005, All Things Homely, Orchard has also exhibited extensively in Scotland, and England over the past 7 years, following her graduation from MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle in 2003.

The Gallery also showcases Frank To, a Scottish painter, whose reputation is flourishing rapidly and he who has many admirers include Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart. His first solo exhibition Visual Thinking, in Glasgow in 2003, kicked started a succession of mixed and solo exhibitions across the UK and Scotland. Including New Face at Beaux Art Gallery, Bath (2006) and more recently New Acquisitions at the Albermarle Gallery, London (2007) as well as the Fairfax Gallery who has represented To at the Affordable Arts Fair since 2005.


Two Scottish Painters and One Other brings together artists that have been selected because of their strong affiliations with Scotland and the Borders .All three artists’ creative style result in a great sense of intimacy, and fascination with their work. Providing a soothing and complimentary mix of colour, talent, depth and fixation of subjects .



For further information and/ or images please contact: Peggy Brodie/Olivia O’Sullivan:

Modern Artists Gallery, High St, Whitchurch on Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 7EX

T: 01189 845893 E:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday by appointment only

Wed – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.30 pm


(From left to right)

  1. Lucy Orchard

Still Life with Nellie Lovett’s Meat Pies

Oil on canvas

87 x 77 cm

  1. Stuart Buchanan


Acrylic on Canvas

81 x 102 cm

  1. Frank To

Here & Everywhere

Oil on canvas

50 x 50 cm