John Slavin Art

Portfolio: Lockdown Paintings March-June 2020

Myth and Wonder tale
Belisarius Begging for Alms

Belisarius Begging for Alms

Homage to Jacques Louis David, his painting Belisarius Begging for Alms, 1781. My work is a portrait of humanity during the coronavirus 2019 when beggars disappeared from Edinburgh streets. In this contemporary setting, the blind beggar is a player in Japanese Noh Theatre coming across a footbridge over the Edinburgh railway to Portobello. The soul of the painter is in solution and painting is a seance, where the spirit is alive and the dead can be seen in an 'otherworld'.

Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery