John Slavin

Portfolio: 4. The Magic Portal

Bugarach West Face

Tree form travels centrally down this painting from the arboreal mass of a leaf obscured sky. The mountain behind is red like a cinder in the last warmth of the year. The swirling foreground is a mass of numena and plant form.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Bugarach East Face

A heat storm over the sea arrives at the eastern portals of the Bugarach. Terrific clouds rise up in immeasureable swells of brilliant or black cumulus. The sky is green. Trees have been posted as sentinels. A potent earthy red complements the green of the growing storm throughout, as if, in the irridescence of a double rainbow, chords of colour are inverted. The elements seem to modulate; cloud has the qulaity of mountain, air of earth. Red is green, black is white. As the Bugarach rises through and beyond the world so rises the storm, inflating his mirror with hot respiration, a mountain turning in time with the Mediterranean engendered storm in a massive visionary ball.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Bugarach: Passage of the Rock

Very thickly painted the mountain is gray. The dusk above it in orange, yellow and blue lines is traversed perpendicularly by three main tree forms. The foreground is rock and branch in darkness. The passage below the mountain captures the sunset in buttercup yellow.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Cardou from Blanchfort

Across a carpet of pale forest from a rocky precipice of foreground the violent rock form of Cardou rises uninhibitedly into the rainbow dome of sky. Bugarach is visible in the distance to the right. The high valley of the Aude begins here and in mystic correspondence the pentacle of Venus finds one of her starry points.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 31.5"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

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.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Axat

At the entrance of the deep gorge of the River Aude stands a great mass of mountain rock. This painting is made from references to 9th-century Chinese art and from one swift drawing, pencil hanging in blind vertigo.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Gesse

The River Aude is compressed in the depths of its gorge. The influential moon is beyond mountains where night lies down. In this painting of evening perfumes where rock is a veil there is nowhere to stand. The trees offer up their spring flowers, the beauty of blossom acquiesces to the element of rock which contains every simplicity -- curve, zigzag, cut, star-ray, hole, peak.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Gorge de Galamus

Blue beneath the lifting thundercoulds, the sacred mountain of Canigou is approached from the north through the pink and angry rocks of the abysmal Gorge de Galamus. The green river Agly flows far below.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Gorge d'Orbieux

A maple tree blows in the gusts which travel down the gorge. The rock itself seems unsure. Pink clouds roll in the blue sky and in the left foreground the black remains of a beech tree disintegrates. The River Orbieux plays into foreground right.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Sougraigne

A small scale self-portrait beneath a street lamp, a pilgrim on his way. The church of Sougraigne between the sun and moon. A rose. An eagle. A donkey grazes at the side of a house. The sun crashes down. The moon rises into obscurity.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
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