About the Artist
Using the unconventional approach of painting perpendicular to the canvas, established Long Beach artist Peter G. Buchan harnesses the power of gravity to drip paint from chopsticks, creating simple images that evoke complex emotions.
He describes his work as “a natural system of imperfection and gravity”—a way to communicate ideas and emotions that he can’t express in words.
Through his artistic process, streams of paint meander across the canvas to create organic and primitive images. Haunting trees, foreboding seascapes and iconic elements of nature are formed. His approach is to assert control over a medium with a high random tendency.
Buchan is a self-taught, prolific and flourishing artist who has been painting for more than 30 years. He originally specialized in pen and ink drawings, and was inspired by the likes of Howard Pyle and Jackson Pollock. About eight years ago, he began using the drip technique to break thru a period of artistic stagnation. Since then, Buchan’s original artworks have been showcased in galleries, group shows and private exhibitions throughout Southern California and beyond.