Ruth Buchanan

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Ruth Buchanan

The Granary Gallery
Ruth Buchanan is an internationally recognised, award winning artist based in Yorkshire with a focus on equine and figurative painting. Based on personal experiences and memories, her work explores the symbiotic and societal relationships between animals, especially horses, and their human companions.

Ruth’s work is informed by a study of anatomy and biomechanics and underpinned by habitual life drawing, both human and equine. Her previous career in Graphic Design and Illustration gives her work a structure based on classical principles of drawing which are overlaid with a more impressionistic approach in paint. The result is an exciting and contemporary take on the tradition of sporting art.

Ruth’s layered narrative also uses animals, skyscapes or foliage as allegory, symbols and expressions of emotional or mental states and is indicative of the shifting state of memory.
“I, myself, love music, film, literature that works on many levels, and in using that approach in my work I want to inspire the viewer to their own conversation with the piece, one that they may return to many times.”

Ruth has returned to her first love – drawing - in her ‘Red Thread’ series. Her tonal style alongside expressive line is rendered in charcoal and mixed media giving a poignancy and power to the deeply personal works.

In demand as an approachable and inspirational mentor, Ruth has led drawing and watercolour workshops in the UK and USA. She also contributes articles to Art magazines in the UK and the USA and is currently completing a ten-article commissioned series for ‘The Artist’ magazine on drawing and painting animals. She is a Professional Associate of the SAA and was promoted to Signature Member of The Institute of Equine Art in 2015 and to Full Member of The Society of Equestrian Artists in 2016.

Ruth exhibits at International Horse Shows and Events, and in International Art and Watercolour Exhibitions. She undertakes a limited number of commissions each year, and her work features in the private collections of notable names from the spheres of The Arts and Equestrianism in the UK, Europe, the USA and the Middle East.


Fabriano in Acquarello International Watercolour Exhibition, Fabriano, Italy, April – May 2018 (representing the UK)

British Equestrian Trade Association International Show, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, January 2018 (invited Exhibitor)

The Horse In Art (SEA), The Museum of the Horse, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, July 2017

Fabriano in Acquarello International Watercolour Exhibition, Fabriano, Italy, April – May 2017 (representing the UK)

The Horse In Art (SEA), The Heritage Centre for Horse Racing and Sporting Art, Newmarket, July 2016

Fabriano in Acquarello International Watercolour Exhibition, Fabriano, Italy. April – May 2016 (representing the UK)

The Horse In Art (SEA), The Museum of the Horse, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, July 2015

Fabriano in Acquarello International Watercolour Exhibition. Fabriano, Italy. April – May 2015 (representing the UK)

Artist & Illustrators Magazine, Artist of The Year 2014, The Mall Galleries, London, January 2015

Handelsbanken Invitational, Wetherby, January 2014

The Horse In Art (SEA), The Mall Galleries, London, July 2014

Solo Exhibition, The Gallery Upstairs, Wetherby, November 2013

The Horse In Art (SEA), The Mall Galleries, London, July 2013

The Horse In Art (SEA), The Menier Gallery, London, November 2012

Solo Exhibition (Artist In Residence 2005), Thirsk Racecourse, July 2006

Exhibitor Badminton Horse Trials, Burghley Horse Trials, Bramham Horse Trials, Chatsworth Horse Trials, The Gold Cup at Cowdray Park and The Northern Ireland International Horse Show, Belfast.


Winner of The Inaugural Chairman’s Award at the Association of Animal Artists' Annual Exhibition (sponsored by Rosemary & Co Brushes and ‘The Artist’ Magazine), 2017

Winner of the Two Rivers Paper Sketchbook Prize, 2017

Winner of The Horse & Hound Award (SEA), 2016

Category Winner (AAA sponsored by Jacksons Art) 2016

Fourth Position ‘All Watercolors’ International Watercolour Award, 2015

Finalist in 'Artists and Illustrators' Magazine's Artist of the Year, 2014

Finalist ‘Ex Arte Equinus' (Painting Category), 2012


Artists Magazine (USA) April Issue 2019. 'Five Approaches to Drawing For Beginners and Beyond'.

The Artist (UK) 2019. Ten Part Series: Drawing and Painting Animals:
June Issue: Part 6 ‘Tapping The Source’
May Issue: Part 5 ‘Motion and Animal Locomotion’
April Issue: part 4 'Lower Limbs & Feet'
March: Part 3 'Noses Ears & Expressions'
February: Part 2 'It's All In The Eyes'
January: Part 1 'Developing a Sense Of Proportion'

The ArtistsNetwork (USA), August 2018. ‘Ten Approaches to Drawing’.

The Artist (UK) February Issue 2018. ‘Painting The Horse’.

The Artist (UK) January Issue 2018. ‘Ten Approaches To Drawing The Horse’.

The Artist (UK) March Issue 2015. Watercolour painting demonstration 'The Reader'.


Arabian Horse, Dubai Issue March 2019. Featured Artist (Arabian Fine Art).

Arabian Horse, Paris Issue November 2018. Featured Artist (Arabian Fine Art).

Equestrian Trade News/BETA Journal January 2018. Featured Artist and Cover Artist.

Horse & Hound Magazine 24th November 2016. Editorial on ‘Buckle Up’, winner of the Horse & Hound Award for best Hunting painting or sculpture 2016.

The Chronicle Of The Horse Vol 79 No 10, April 25 2016. Featured Artist.

Visual Language May 2015. Featured Artist.

Ex Arte Equinus Collections Book VI 2013. Featured Painting: 'Once In A Lifetime'

Horse & Hound September 2012. Feature on commissioning equine art.

Equestrio Arabia (Dubai Edition) 2005. Featured Artist.