John Slavin

Artist Statement:

Born 3/2/1956 in Falkirk. John Slavin attended Edinburgh College of Art 1975-1980 under the tutelage of Denis Peploe, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and Sir Robin Philipson. Exhibitions as a landscape painter began in 1995 while John was living on a croft in the Isle of Skye. From there he started making pilgrimages every year to the south of France for studies of the Pyrenees Orientales. His expressionist and mystical landscapes were exhibited in the RSA, The Society of Scottish Artists, Durham University; the Sutton and Doubtfire galleries, Resipole Studios and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. In recent years figurative painting of myth and wonder tale has taken John’s interest with exhibitions in Edinburgh at The Dundas Street Gallery and in London Mayfair.

Member: Society of Scottish Artists and Aberdeen Artists Society

Valley Road

A certain happy mood reigns in the clouds above and rises to the soles of the feet from the stones of the pathway. A million leaves for the eye of the beholder. (Foothills of the Pyrenees Orientales)

2019
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
55 x 46cm

£450.00

The Silver Fountain Pic del Maia

From above their bath of mists the mountains clash and assert their teeth. I gaze into the mouth of the dragon. There are mercurial skies above. On the mountain there are metallic bashings and electric zig zags as if on a hero’s shield, serrations, myriad channellings. (Pic del Maia, Canillo, Andorra)

2016
Acrylic on canvas
Stretched, unframed
50 x 60cm

£600.00

Serbairou

Orchids, grass, massive tree roots, overhanging leaves and standing dead trees are arranged against a distant mountain Bugarach beneath a troubled sky. (Le Serbairou is a locality in Aude south of Rennes les Bains.)

2014
Acrylic on canvas
Framed (cherry and black wood with gold metal)
64.5 x 64.5 x 3cm

£600.00

September Dawn Pas de la Casa

Taken from a split-second eye opening at dawn on freezing 1st of September 2013 and reinforced by impressions and drawings made summer 2014, this painting of mountain dawn at altitude 2000m recreates light, cloud, rock and river. (In the Encamp parish of Andorra)

2014
Acrylic on canvas
Framed (light grey wood)
64.5 x 64.5 x 3cm

£450.00

Roc Jalere

This rock with a hole in the middle seems to be an eyeless socket. The white flowers are ciste and the mountain beyond left is Canigou.

2014
Acrylic on canvas
Framed (cherry wood)
63.5 x 63.5 x 2.5cm

£500.00

Flame Canigou

A view to sacred Canigou from the foot of a great pine and chestnuts on the Col Roque Jalere. September, and already the chestnut leaves are brown. The valley hides itself in a sea of mist above which the mountain rises red as a heart.

2011
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
46 x 61cm

£750.00

Evening Beech Trees

A westering sun casts a yellow light through a transparent forest where blue shadow reaches out from the undergrowth. Two paths converge on the way to the West. (Foothills of the Pyrenees Orientales)

2019
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
50 x 61cm

£400.00

Agly (Eagle) River

The turquoise sculptress River Agly has formed a rough and moving relief, the Gorges de Galamus; carved for two hundred million years out of rare dolomitic limestone from the Black Jurassic that has arisen from her springs. The painting is a study of stones, a close reading of the water.

2016
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
61 x 50cm

£500.00

Dawn View from Madres

Canigou in featureless blue dominates a sea of morning mist. Perched on a granite peak the artist sees into rocky abyss, mountain lake and rolling green hills. The rays of morning in white traverse the scene.

2017
Acrylic on canvas
Stretched, unframed
60 x 60cm

£400.00

Crystal Park

Between two dead pines left and a leafy linden tree right, the blood of dawn coils over and on the peak of Canigou. We are in a particular forest of many needles shortly after dawn. The moment is becoming crystal clear.

2015
Acrylic on canvas
Stretched, unframed
50 x 50cm

£500.00

Black Mountain Blue Oak

Above the remains of last winter yet before the advent of Spring the eye looks across the hibernating lands to the crepuscular horizon of the Black Mount. (The Montagne Noire ‘Black Mountains’ border the Aude)

2019
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
61 x 50cm

£500.00

Bezis

The River Bezis runs through its gorge among pines and rock. Some of the rock is red in this region. There is a rotten oak tree to the right and the cloudy sky obscures and contains the distant mountain form of the peak of Cardou.

2014
Acrylic on canvas
Framed (cherry wood)
55.5 x 64.5 x 3cm

£450.00

August Clouds Pyrenees Orientales

From a level foreground at altitude where farmland is in disuse one can see across the white ridges that form natural barriers to the walker. To the right the High Valley of the Aude; straight ahead the Eastern Pyrenees exult in cloud form and summer aspect.

2019
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
50 x 70cm

£500.00

April Snow Carlit

Looking down into the peace of the valley of La Valette where the first tints of Spring are becoming visible one is distracted by the huge snowstorm blowing in from the East onto the peaks.

2019
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
50 x 70cm

£450.00

April Snow Canigou

Between the pillars of two mountain pine trees the view across sixty kilometres as the crow flies includes the Peak of Bugarach on the left and Cardou on the right. Tree form travels centrally down from the arboreal mass of a leaf obscured sky, the foreground a swirling of plants.

2019
Oil on canvas
Stretched, unframed
40 x 50cm

£500.00

April Snow

Canigou is distant, still, cold with April snow. Roses and ciste and thorn twine on rock.

2015
Acrylic on canvas
Stretched, unframed
60 x 60cm

£500.00

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