About Adrian McMurchie

Born and educated in Glasgow, Adrian graduated in Graphic Design (incorporating illustration & photography) in 1990, working as a graphic artist for several years before concentrating on commercial art.

The majority of his work is of an architectural nature, depicting buildings and cityscapes. Through his preferred medium of watercolour and ink he tries to express the dynamic contours of city buildings and reflect the vigour of urban life. Mostly working in watercolour and ink he starts with a simple line drawing concentrating on the subject matter more than the paper (a lesson learned from life drawing classes at college). Adrian tends to work from photos using a full on shot with more close up detailed images. He occasionally works from life which ends in much the same drawing. The only difference being the drawing may be a little “looser”. He uses very little water in his paintings which gives the buildings a more solid appearance. The only time he uses the paint in a traditional manner is for the sky which again helps to portray the buildings as solid structures. Two of his main influences are the artist, Ralph Steadman and architectural renderer, Hughson Hawley.

Adrian’s work has appeared in most UK national newspapers, in magazines such as BA’s in-flight High Life, for children’s book publishers (including a unique children’s literary guide to Edinburgh, introduced by J.K. Rowling) and for design consultants while my panoramic cityscapes are installed in public buildings across Scotland such as Porcelanosa, Radisson Red & Blue hotels and The Corinthian Club. He illustrated the restaurant review for the Sunday Herald from 2000-2011 and lives and works in his beloved Glasgow.


  • Singl-end Bakehouse – Renfrew St, Charing Cross
  • Singl-end Bakehouse John Street, Merchant City
  • Velvet Moon – Argyle St, Finnieston
  • Quirq – Hyndland St, Partick
  • Noah Home & Gift Boutique – Silverburn
  • Noah Home & Gift Boutique – Braehead
  • The Clydeside Distillery – Stobcross Rd, Glasgow
  • Red Door Gallery, Victoria Street, Edinburgh
  • The Jar Malt Whisky Specialist – Ayr Street, Troon
  • MYO Home – 49 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh
  • Coorie – Broughty Ferry
  • Orsay – 2 Stevenson St, Oban
  • The Platform – Macduff
  • Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne, Killearn
  • Ardnamurchan Distillery – Glenbeg, Ardnamurchan, Argyll
  • The Clydeside Distillery – Stobcross Rd, Glasgow
  • Not On The High Street
  • Etsy