In the Renaissance Tradition: Buchanan completes masterpiece commission
By Christina Waters
UCSC alumnus Noah Buchanan recently completed a substantial commission of large-scale oil paintings for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.
(Photos by Christina Waters)
For the past year UCSC alumnus Noah Buchanan has been working on a substantial commission of large-scale oil paintings for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.
Painting in a large converted classroom in an annex of Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, Buchanan has completed work on two 11’ x 4.5’ panels depicting scenes from the lives of Catholic saints, Maria Goretti and Faustina. The life-size figures were originally created from Buchanan’s preliminary studies and then finalized on the long, vertical panels.
Composed and executed in the Renaissance tradition of religious artwork, the two giant panels by Buchanan were unveiled the first weekend of April. They have since been shipped to their final home in the Shrine in Wisconsin.
Buchanan graduated from UCSC with a bachelor’s degree in Art in 2000, and earned an MFA from the New York Academy in Manhattan. Since that time he has shown his work internationally, and teaches painting and figure drawing at colleges in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco area. The UCSC alumnus currently lives and works in Santa Cruz, dividing his time between painting, teaching and surfing.
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