John Slavin


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The realm of the imagination is populated by beings who are not created but who are creators.  The laughter of the happy child signifies the commencement of the golden pathway, no less the journey and arrival, all things being equal to the just creator.

The acts of life, love and death, at whatever juncture, are known by the fortunate, and are taken and held with a reverence becoming the sacred.

Simplicity in truth abounds yet the metaphor, by its nature, is singular.  To succumb to the giant infant genius one allows the dissolution of hope and trust.  The realm is mother's though philsophers, saints and magicians crowd her path, her touch is immediate, sure and present.  The horizons, wide on a long life, are all but the rise and fall of a breast living and breathing.  The universe is carried within her body.  All palaces and planets, all smiling eyes and lifting leaves serve to bring the divine to breathe eternally on her mirror.

The sense of familiar, realisation, the lives which are drawn, the infinite history of each moment are on the tongue and at the eye, and the soul makes visible and magnifies.  The line has no beginning, permitting us to dwell eternally in the grace of gesture where imaginary being accompanies us, beyond the private and personal, into the world of art.





Born 3/2/1956 in Falkirk.  John Slavin attended Edinburgh College of Art 1975-1980 and studied in the School of Drawing and Painting under the celebrated painters Sir Robin Philipson and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.  Landscape painter on the Isle of Skye now working in the Pyrenees.  In 2018 began new work in figurative drawing and painting derived from my poetic translations of traditional Traveller stories, the wonder tales of Duncan Williamson.

Exhibition History

3 Dec - 28 Jan 2017Winterescence, a warm and bright counterpoise to the chill and shade of winter, exhibition of 14 artists to celebrate Scottish winter
23 July - 25 Sept 2016Par Nature, exhibition of 7 artists at Galerie, Grand Rue, 11190 Bugarach, France
May 2016Andorra online exhibition at
Jan - Feb 2015Visual Arts Scotland:Transforming
Jan - Feb 2014End of Winter at Doubtfire Art Gallery, Stockbridge
Nov 2014 - Jan 2015RSA Exhibition of Fine Art
Feb - Mar 2014'John Slavin: New Works' at The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
Nov - Dec 2013The Sutton Gallery: Winter Exhibition, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
Nov 2013 - Jan 2014Royal Scottish Academy: Open Exhibition at The Mound, Edinburgh
15 - 29 June 2013'Pyrenean Landscapes: Paintings by John Slavin' at the Sutton Gallery, Leicester
2 - 17 March 2013'The Art of John Slavin' at Collingwood College, Durham University presented by The Sutton Gallery
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013'A Doubtfire Winter', Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh
Nov 2012 - Jan 2013Royal Scottish Academy of Fine Art, RSA, Edinburgh
Nov - Dec 2012'Salt River Sacred Mountain: Pilgrimage to the Pyrenees', Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
July - Aug 2012'Imaginary Summers' at Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh
Sept - Oct 2011'Cascades of the Upside Down Mountain. Narrative Landscape Painting' at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
March 2010Glasgow Art Fair
Feb 2010Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, East Renfrew Council
Aug 2009Plockton Hall, Lochalsh