Born in 1941, Ian Buchanan was raised in Melbourne. Educated at Geelong Grammar and under the close guidance of Australian national sporting hero, John Landy (a teacher of natural history), he was influenced and nurtured in his great appreciation for excellence in detail, empathy for the environment and the natural order of things.
lan's inate creative ability was given its head during ten years of rural living and farm management which included (by choice) blacksmithing, implement design and construction. Later, on a cattle station northwest of Alice Springs, jackerooing for months on end, he would enjoy the company of the local black stockmen and their appreciation and eye for detail has influenced him strongly ever since. These influences are strongly reflected in the works Ian produces in all metals. "Sometimes a theme to me can be interpreted in bronze as opposed to gold or in some other metal because of the subject matter and the way in which I relate to it."
"I enjoy being given commissions. To me the satisfaction of giving a client what they really want is paramount and translates to the ultimate in achievement. Identifying and discerning what a client really wants is the problem. Their solution is for me to embrace and dimensionalise their vision."
From 1984 Ian owned and lived aboard a 1932 Dutch cargo barge, 26m x 4.8m, which he converted into a living ship with work shop and travelled the canals and rivers of Holland, Belgium, France and Germany for 14 years. Ian now lives and works on 120 acre's of pasture and rain forest in the Tweed Valley where he has built his own home.