John Slavin Art

Portfolio: 1. The Magic Portal: Bugarach, Cardou and Canigou

Bugarach from the Devil's Armchair

Burgarach in autumn 2016.

Original
Oil on canvas
160cm x 126cm
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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 from the White Rock

A summer's day, precipitous rock and the waving of forest in the wind from across the mountains. The peak of Bugarach is twenty-five kilometers distant.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 90cm

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 Bugarach Canigou

The rounded Cardou, the craggy Bugarach and the icy dogtooth peak of Canigou are caught in low light beyond three crests of tree and rock.

Original
Oil on canvas
100cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv

Bugarach near Olivier and Zara's Garden

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"

View Southwest from Bugarach

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"

Bugarach from Cardou

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 23.5"

Autumn Afternoon Bugarach with Tree

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

Two Yellow Mushrooms

Smooth contrasts with thorny, light with shade, in a celebration of hot colour where bright leaves are decked out like flags above the path. Two yellow mushrooms post the way.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 55cm

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

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

The Green Woods of Cardou

Cardou is ‘corps de Dieu’ or ‘coeur de Dieu’ that is, body or heart of God. Some believe the bones of Jesus rest on the summit. The path will take you in spiral, beneath leaves which are here treated stylistically, towards your ascent.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv

Yellow Evening Canigou

From a break on the heavily wooded descending path suddenly a view opens onto mountainsides which are painted yellow by the sunset.

Original
Oil on canvas
55cm x 46cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv