John Slavin

Portfolio: 5. Thunderbolt

Peak of the Cold Fountain

Soon after dawn an approaching storm dramatically engulfs the sky. A hare runs for cover against fierce wind. The viewer has climbed opposite to take note of the rising intricacies of the mountain flank.

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

La Portella Blanca

An image made at the first safe opportunity of a descent from beyond. Midsummer snow fields lead up to impregnable rocks. The sky is turbulent, the way precipitous.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Thunderbolt

Against a black sky Mars and Venus are visible to the right. An immense thunder dragon climbs the high mountain and traverses the summit. Strands of mist trail across snow patches where the rocky precipices are vividly patterned.

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

Peak of the Cold Fountain with Crescent

The black mass of the mountain contains snow in its crevasse. The surface is treated in a limited range of green and grey to depict pit, abyss, chasm at this evening moment of moonrise. To the left a tree, a cloud, a crescent, a star ascending.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

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 channelings.

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

Pic Negre d'Envalira

Lemon light streams from a midsummer sun high above. The mountain peak is immediately present, deeply scarred. Pocked with snowy punctuation, the dangerous way permits a view of rocky detail. In the distance left the chain fades to blue.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Pic de Campcardos

The architecture of the peak is an intensely detailed tour de force of chaos; nature's form interpreted in a way which seeks to present the prime imagination at work.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

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.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside

Beyond Espasouille

Distant height and depth are depicted in blue of almost submarine nature. Centrally the mountain splits into hemispheres; left red, right green, down to the folding lands and tree form of the foreground. On the central mountain the paint is thick, this mass, pushed upon the canvas, is washed into distance by degrees, especially on the left where red gives into blue.

Original
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery