Stuart Herd’s First Solo Exhibition

The long established Torrance Gallery at 36 Dundas Street, in the city’s well-known ‘gallery land’ is home,  from 6th to 20th June of the first solo exhibition of Stuart Herd who specialises in detailed realism style landscape and seascape canvasses – largely inspired by his native Scotland.

In the Torrance Gallery Exhibition there are currently 64 of Stuart’s works, all colourfully and skilfully painted using acrylic paint on canvas.  Scenes from across Scotland – the Borders to the Hebrides –  ensure a wide range of subjects, which draw the viewer right in to the scene depicted (though possibly the wonderful Highland Coo Mabel might need to be approached with caution she looks so real!) The  Three Queens – Mersey Salute and the Mersey Parade both admirable celebrate this recent event.

Stuart squareStuart was born in Scotland in 1971. Briefly he studied art at the Amersham Art College but quickly turned to photography ‘I’ve always loved drawing, from an early age,’ he told me when we met at the Gallery.  He soon found success as an illustrator and photographer for commercial clients, social and press as well as individual commissions – and  lived in Jamaica for some time where he worked as an Art Auctioneer!

The Harbour Gallery,  which is now Stuart’s main base, is in Tarbert, Argyll, very centrally situated and he has expanded to the north opening a similar venture in Ullapool.  So as well as creating art work of his own Stuart also is excited to be showing work from other talented artists, sculptors, jewellers and craftsmen and craftswomen. This entrepreneurial outlook put into practice is a demonstration of what seems to be an ideal combination of artistic talent and business acumen as well as the generous nature which makes him happy to give fellow-creatives a shop window for  their work.

Stuart square 2When you visit the gallery I hope you will enjoy the exhibition as much as I did.

Contact The Torrance Gallery, 36 Dundas Street,Edinburgh, EH3 6JN. Phone/fax 0131 556 6366.



Open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 30 am to 4 pm.

More information about Stuart can be found on his website at


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