John Slavin Art

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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'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery
Ariadne and Bacchus

Ariadne and Bacchus

A contemporary interpretation of the classic Greek myth set in front of the Marchmont Mosque in Edinburgh, with a view to Arthur’s Seat. A contemporary interpretation of the classic Greek myth set in front of the Marchmont Mosque in Edinburgh, with a view to Arthur’s Seat. The painting is a re-working of Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne, 1522-1523. Dionysus is a small boy on a small bike and Ariadne a black puppet or doll, perhaps. In the sky is Corona Borealis, the ring of stars given Ariadne as a wedding present; now associated with the coronavirus-19 lockdown. The moment is optimism, hope and colour caught in the heavens in the lasso of Corona Borealis. Just as Ariadne has been deserted by her betrothed Theseus, Ariadne in act of waving farewell finds herself in the company of her new husband-to-be Bacchus (or Dionysus). The entourage of Bacchus are colourfully inflated; the headgear representing the head of mortal humanity engaged for birth.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 70cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery
Hylas and the Nymphs

Hylas and the Nymphs

A contemporary version of the Greek myth which inspired the painting Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse 1896. The painting was gifted by the artist to Manchester Art Gallery but temporarily removed in 2018 when critics claimed that 'the Myth had lost its relevance today.' Re-working the theme where the young lover of Hercules was lured into the pool occupied by Naiads; the new Hylas is perceived as the artist himself on a railway platform at Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, the object of desire sighted by Naiads which occupy railway carriages.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery
Selkie Painter

Selkie Painter

Inspired by the traditional Gaelic selkie story, 'The Silkie Painter' from Argyll Traveller Duncan Williamson (1928-2007).

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 60cm
October Snow and Cuillin

October Snow and Cuillin

Landscape from South Skye. First snow on the barren red hills. On the high banks of the River Lusa cling two dead Scots pine and an oak. The red of autumnal deer grass is further reddened by the low sun. Here are trees with leaves of gold and branches which are ancient in growth.

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 24"
Sold
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Black Cuillin, Red Cuillin

Black Cuillin, Red Cuillin

Seen from the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin across Loch Slapin is engulfed by mist.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 79cm
Seen from the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin across Loch Slapin is engulfed by mist.
The Rough Bounds of Kylerhea

The Rough Bounds of Kylerhea

Prehistoric sea creatures inhabit shore rocks in the Straits of Kylerhea where the tides are infamous. The memory of volcanic lava infuses the landscape. From our vantage we look across to the mainland, the Black Cuillin.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Sold
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Prehistoric sea creatures inhabit shore rocks in the Straits of Kylerhea where the tides are infamous. The memory of volcanic lava infuses the landscape. From our vantage we look across to the mainland, the Black Cuillin.
Blabheinn and the Cailleach

Blabheinn and the Cailleach

Painting completed while resident at Taigh na Teud, Breakish, Isle of Skye 2000-2010. In the private collection of Ann Morrison.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Sold
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
Rocky Terrible Cuillin

Rocky Terrible Cuillin

Competed at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Jack and Marigold

Jack and Marigold

Scene from the traditional Scottish Traveller tale 'Two Ravens' by Duncan Williamson (1928-2007). Created for exhibition and animated film work by Christine Martin of ScotlandsMusic 2022.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm
One-Eyed with the Ravens

One-Eyed with the Ravens

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Two Ravens'

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
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Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
The Flying Horse of Earthdom

The Flying Horse of Earthdom

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Flying Horse of Earthdom'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 80cm
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Jack and his Cuckoo

Jack and his Cuckoo

From the traditional Traveller tale, 'Jack and the Singing Leaves', the folk hero mends the broken wing of a wild cuckoo.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
51cm x 41cm
Rabbit's Blood

Rabbit's Blood

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Fying Horse of Earthdom'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 150cm
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
The Queen of Knowledge

The Queen of Knowledge

From the third and final part to the 'Twelve White Swans' in the telling of this international wonder tale by Scots Traveller Duncan Williamson . . . 'If you had dreamed your dream out to the end,' says the Queen of Knowledge to her son seeking the cure to the prince's swan-wing-arm. Set near Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

Original
Oil on canvas
90cm x 60cm
The Swan's Egg

The Swan's Egg

The princess will break the swan's egg over the prince's arm to complete his return to human form.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 46cm
The Maiden and the Unicorn

The Maiden and the Unicorn

The unicorn approaches, close enough for the infant girl to feel the texture of his legendary beard.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 61cm
The Sculptors of the Unicorn

The Sculptors of the Unicorn

The king and his sculptors on the occasion of the completion of his two unicorn statues. Set in Edinburgh High Street at the Netherbow.

Original
Oil on canvas
90cm x 60cm
Unicorn Dawn

Unicorn Dawn

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Coming of the Unicorn'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
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The Hunt of the Unicorn

The Hunt of the Unicorn

The hunt for the unicorn goes ever on, in dream, through all the ages of man -- here an infant.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
40cm x 50cm
Callisto

Callisto

The virgin nymph devoted to Artemis before she was raped by Zeus, turned into a bear by Hera and transformed into the constellation Ursa Major.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 30cm
Holy Family

Holy Family

A personalised portrayal of the religious family group, set in a croft in Banffshire, Scotland 1983.

Original
Oil on canvas
46cm x 38cm
Odysseus and Circe

Odysseus and Circe

The heroic voyzage Odysseus with one of his sailors, who has been transformed by the enchantress Circe into a pig upon her island.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Zeus at Fountainbridge

Zeus at Fountainbridge

Father of the Gods portrayed in an Edinburgh tenement flat with the Fountainbridge Brewery behind him. Down to his last thunderbolt shedding tears for himself, never another.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
The Boy and the Snake

The Boy and the Snake

Scottish Highland family portrait inspired by the traditional story; love of a child for the strangest pet anyone could ever have, a poisonous adder.

Original
Oil on canvas
50cm x 61cm
The Bringer of Fire

The Bringer of Fire

Prometheus the Titan who loved mankind, seen here having descended Olympus with the fire he had stolen for us.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Bugarach East Face

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

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
Bugarach near Olivier and Zara's Garden

Bugarach near Olivier and Zara's Garden

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Bugarach from Cardou

Bugarach from Cardou

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 23.5"
Two Yellow Mushrooms

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
Cardou from Blanchfort

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
Yellow Evening Canigou

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
Madres April Ice

Madres April Ice

The high and distant sweep of icy cloud on the summit of Madres seen from the Hare's Leap above the River Aude.

Original
Oil on canvas
50cm x 61cm
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August Clouds Pyrenees Orientales

August Clouds Pyrenees Orientales

From a level foreground at altitude where farmland is in disuse one can see across the white ridges that form natural barriers to the walker. To the right the High Valley of the Aude; straight ahead the eastern Pyrenees exult in cloud form and summer aspect.

Original
Oil on canvas
50cm x 70cm
April Snow on Canigou

April Snow on Canigou

Between the pillars of two mountain pinetrees the view across sixty kilometers as the crow flies includes the Peak of Bugarach on the left and Cardou on the right.

Original
Oil on canvas
40cm x 50cm
In the Forest of Ventail

In the Forest of Ventail

A labyrinth of hunters’ paths leads through this deep forest. Evening floods the deep hillsides and leafy turns with a pure light.

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

Grotto

In the rock and scrub deep dangerous declivities open suddenly exposing their secret caves to the wanderer. Thus the mountain is as low as it is high and filled with an eternal night.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Valley Road

Valley Road

A certain happy mood reigns in the clouds above and rises to the soles of the feet from the stones of the pathway. A million leaves for the eye of the beholder.

Original
Oil on canvas
Sougraigne

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
Sold
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Above the Col du Paradis

Above the Col du Paradis

The passage of the moon predicts snow. A large white mountain dog runs on the pathway between the trees of light and the trees of darkness. The deep sides of the rounded mountains plunge into the light of the world.

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

Ribero Campcardos

Beneath a livid sky the birch forest and granite slopes of Mount Campcardos shine in wet light. The swollen Ribero Campcardos rages among boulders in the foreground.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Bacou

Bacou

As our planet turns towards night long shadows finger the farmland of Bacou on its high plateau. Bacou is Bacchus.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Canigou in April Snow

Canigou in April Snow

From a shady vantage point between massive trees on a pathway where puddles reflect the afternoon moon we see across gorge and woodland eighty kilometres to the snowy peak sacred to Catalogne. A small figure descends to riverside.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 90cm
Sold
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Le Jardin de la Foret

Le Jardin de la Foret

A studio painting made from more than a dozen detailed pen and pencil drawings of sycamore, oak, chestnut, mountain, rock and herb.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 90cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pine Tree Campoussy

Pine Tree Campoussy

Viridian green pine needles in a darkness where the mountainside is obscure and the foreground littered with smashed rocks. The painting is very heavily worked and seeks to capture this ancient wooden character, riven, distorted, blasted by drought and wind. The central pillar of the tree sends branches out beyond our picture space. In ancient stasis we find gesture and a mirroring, in brush stroke, of human muscle and brain. a primarily important subject for the artist; a tree.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Serbairou

Serbairou

Orchids, grass, massive tree roots, overhanging leaves and standing dead trees are arranged against a distant mountain Bugarach beneath a troubled sky.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Two Yellow Mushrooms

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
Tree

Tree

Beneath a stormy sky a long and lonely forest path wends its way to the Tree. This ancient individual manifests an arcane alphabet and even suggests the eye of the goddess.

Original
Oil on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Diminutive cascades deep within a beech wood flow in the shadow. The colours are of October where sunlight and leaf shade vibrate. The energy, generously counted out by the artist's brush is suggestive of an experience of nature where all is in flux.

Original
Oil on canvas
33" x 25"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Full Moon Winter Solstice

Full Moon Winter Solstice

Lunar seasonal work December 2015.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Diminutive cascades deep within a beech wood flow in the shadow. The colours are of October where sunlight and leaf shade vibrate. The energy, generously counted out by the artist's brush is suggestive of an experience of nature where all is in flux.

Original
Oil on canvas
33" x 25"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Forgotten Moon

Forgotten Moon

The River Aude flows through the wooded gorges south of Limoux beneath the first crescent. Painted using the three primary colours and white in a search for simplicity.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Sold
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Galbe

Galbe

A full moon on the way up and out of the deep gorge brings storms. Beside a torrential river the air is torrential. The birch leaves are yet to come into being. Wind over the River Galbe is loud and the forest shrinks to needles.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
September Dawn Pas de la Casa

September Dawn Pas de la Casa

Taken from a split second eye opening at dawn on freezing 1st of September 2013 and reinforced by impressions and drawings made summer 2014, this painting of mountain dawn at altitude 2000m, recreates light, cloud, rock and river.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Moonrise over Perpignan

Moonrise over Perpignan

The top quarter is sky -- green gray cloud and moon over black sea. Descending red perpendicular rays from the moon on extreme right bleed into barren rock and coiling mists. The palette is restrained but rather than subdued it is stong on contrast. The forms are gigantic -- skyscape, seascape, landscape -- even moonscape. Our eyes descend from the moon through bars of mountain cloud and rock to red, blue, green and yellow interlacing thorn.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Canigou

Canigou

The heat of mid-day shimmers on a serrated metal mountain. As the entire range of the Pyrenees comes down to the shores of the Mediterranean Canigou is the last great mountain.

Original
Oil on canvas
40cm x 50cm
Crystal Park

Crystal Park

Between two dead pines left and a leafy linden tree right, the blood of dawn coils over and on the peak. We are in a particular forest of many needles shortly after dawn. The moment is becoming crystal clear.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Envalira

Envalira

Silver coils of cloud. Black turrets of rock. Untouched snows. The black grey white world of the cold mountain at Envalira where three is the balance. Black grey white. The Dragon coils / The Cloud covers / The Snow rests. This world is far from colourful but on close inspection green may be seen in a tiny foreground pine.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Pic de Barthelemy

Pic de Barthelemy

In the foreground the first ferns of summer sprout while in the distance the mountain is still snowy. Peaceful valleys roll between.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 61cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Red Canigou

Red Canigou

A view to sacred Canigou from the foot of a great pine and chestnuts on the Col Roque Jalere. September, and already the chestnut leaves are brown. The valley hides itself in a sea of mist above which the mountain rises red as a heart.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Thunderbolt

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
La Portella Blanca

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
Pic del Maia

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 de Campcardos

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
Beyond Espasouille

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
Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

The dark permanence of jagged mountain is complemented by the soft ephemerality of passing mist. Across the water from a rocky shore the viewer is presented with a moment of ancient processsion.

Original
Oil on canvas
79cm x 60cm
Loch na Beiste

Loch na Beiste

Painted alla prima to capture the momentary visibility of the mountainous shore before a hailstorm engulfs it entirely. Early work at Taigh na Teud, Breakish, 2000.

Original
Mixed Media
30cm x 40cm
Sold
Can be seen at The Scottish Storytelling Centre
Silkie's Rock II

Silkie's Rock II

The geology of Skye is of great interest and warrants close inspection. Some days one has the privilege of alternately being bitten by midges and smitten by hailstones. Despite this the tidal rock is a veritable treasure chest.

Original
Oil on Board
45" x 55"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Loch Ainort II

Loch Ainort II

View is from Luib across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn.

Original
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm

£600.00
View is from Luib across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn.
Boreraig

Boreraig

Bagh na Dhubh-Airde, Bay of the Dark Height; view from there looking across Loch Eishort to Beinn Bhuidhe, the yellow mountain. Rain is on the mountain and the loch is cold and dark and will soon be hidden entirely.

Original
Oil on canvas
59cm x 79cm
Bagh na Dhubh-Airde, Bay of the Dark Height; view from there looking across Loch Eishort to Beinn Bhuidhe, the yellow mountain. Rain is on the mountain and the loch is cold and dark and will soon be hidden entirely.
Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

The dark permanence of jagged mountain is complemented by the soft ephemerality of passing mist. Across the water from a rocky shore the viewer is presented with a moment of ancient processsion.

Original
Oil on canvas
79cm x 60cm
The North Atlantic Island Skies

The North Atlantic Island Skies

Painting of South Skye completed 2007.

Original
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
Bugarach from the Devil's Armchair

Bugarach from the Devil's Armchair

Burgarach in autumn 2016.

Original
Oil on canvas
160cm x 126cm
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Full Moon Winter Solstice

Full Moon Winter Solstice

Lunar seasonal work December 2015.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Pic del Maia

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
Creation of the Unicorn

Creation of the Unicorn

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Coming of the Unicorn'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Sold
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
Alt del Griu

Alt del Griu

A painting of mountain, rock and sky. Moods, winds and star influences pass onto the canvas.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 95cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic de Ribuls

Pic de Ribuls

'Images, reveries, memories, memories of dreams, memories of visions, dreams of hallucinations, refractions of refractions of refractions of that original Alpha and Omega of experience . . .' (R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience)

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
One-eyed with Ravens

One-eyed with Ravens

Drawing for wonder tale Two Ravens by Duncan Williamson

Original
Marigold

Marigold

Drawing for the wonder tale Two Ravens wonder tale by Duncan Williamson

Original
Thorn in the King's Foot

Thorn in the King's Foot

Drawing for the wonder tale A Thorn in the King's Foot by Duncan Williamson

Original
Jesus and the Children of Pan

Jesus and the Children of Pan

Juxtaposition of the New Testament nativity with Greek myth, introducing the followers of Pan to the Madonna and Child.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 90cm
The Bringer of Fire

The Bringer of Fire

Prometheus the Titan who loved mankind, seen here having descended Olympus with the fire he had stolen for us.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
The Wild god, the Mad god and the god of Wine

The Wild god, the Mad god and the god of Wine

Pan, Dionysus and Bacchus in a triple portrait of revelry raise their voices at the end of a moonlit spree.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 61cm
Leda

Leda

Ravished by Zeus in the form of a swan, the queen of Sparta seen here with her two sets of twins Castor-Clytemnestra and Pollux-Helen.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Notre Seigneur de Tate Moderne

Notre Seigneur de Tate Moderne

Our Lord of the Tate Modern, hermaphrodite Christ, crosses the London Bridge over a river of dreams.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 50cm
Can be seen at 54 The Gallery
Crossing London Bridge, walking over a river of dreams guided by joy itself; waiting until moonrise to safely paint a hermaphrodite Christ with a crown of horns and wounds. Making man woman, trying to cut hair, to castrate, to look at the self as someone who has traditions of iconography and psychedelic experiences to draw on. Originality wishes to fork and branch like lightning or the world tree. The tremor of fear which one senses in the approach to something sacred alchemically dissolves in the experience of the sacred.
The Sculptors of the Unicorn

The Sculptors of the Unicorn

The king and his sculptors on the occasion of the completion of his two unicorn statues. Set in Edinburgh High Street at the Netherbow.

Original
Oil on canvas
90cm x 60cm
The Road to Montsegur

The Road to Montsegur

Completed in 2011 in Rennes les Bains, Occitania.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 80cm
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Blabheinn from Ord the Golden Shore

Blabheinn from Ord the Golden Shore

South Skye landscape completed while resident at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on Board
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Black Cuillin, Red Cuillin

Black Cuillin, Red Cuillin

Seen from the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin across Loch Slapin is engulfed by mist.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 79cm
Seen from the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin across Loch Slapin is engulfed by mist.
Silkie's Rock I

Silkie's Rock I

The silkies or Seal People find their homes on the shores of South Skye at Breacais upon the large rocks. At times of full moon man can walk to and observe an incredible undersea world elevated and available for a phase.

Original
Oil on Board
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
The silkies or Seal People find their homes on the shores of South Skye at Breacais upon the large rocks. At times of full moon man can walk to and observe an incredible undersea world elevated and available for a phase.
Abhainn Lusa, February Dusk

Abhainn Lusa, February Dusk

Landscape near Breakish, Isle of Skye, during residence at Taigh na Teud, 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Loch Ainort I

Loch Ainort I

Loch Ainort, view from Aricharanach, across the loch to
Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn. Painted outdoors in complementary oranges and blues, catching a tranquil afternoon.

Original
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm
Loch Ainort, view from Aricharanach, across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn. Painted outdoors in complementary oranges and blues, catching a tranquil afternoon.
Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

The dark permanence of jagged mountain is complemented by the soft ephemerality of passing mist. Across the water from a rocky shore the viewer is presented with a moment of ancient processsion.

Original
Oil on canvas
79cm x 60cm
Blue-black Sgurr

Blue-black Sgurr

Completed while resident at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm

£600.00
Babel Tower

Babel Tower

The painting seeks to step where the master Pieter Bruegel the Elder in The Great Tower of Babel, 1563, has left his indelible footsteps, toward that annexation of childhood, myth and the word by using anachronism. In a contemporary re-working set on Edinburgh’s George IV Bridge Public Library looking to the Mound, Babel Tower has fallen; but the tourists and commuters of Babel are oblivious and carry on their departures and arrivals with disregard. The painting symbolises the collapse of social organisation, while internet still communicates the threat of complete breakdown haunts the rainbow stone walls of Babel. The function of the state is now radically compromised, as has been the case with Covid-19.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery
Crucifixion

Crucifixion

A contemporary version of the Easter crucifixion. The setting is the cineplex at Edinburgh Viewforth in Fountainbridge on the canal. The electricity pylon contains many yantras or geometrical frames within frames. The architecture of the cineplex is expanded and deepend to contain the railway station, where figures treated blankly, as if migrating souls, are present; and also an elevator. The couple playing dice are my treatments of the Roman soldiers at the foot of the Cross; one player is Congolese and smokes a short pipe of grass. His opponent is a white woman film star. Since lockdown the cineplex has been, like the skies, deserted. Who could have foreseen such a fall of the dice, and whose presence is seen in sixteen empty Edinburgh cinemas? I have chosen the Christ Child's. An image which plays with more traditional crucifixion.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery
Off to the World's End

Off to the World's End

Waverley Station, Edinburgh is the artist's new setting for the late Traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson's wonder tale 'Jack and the Water from the World's End'. Characters from the story group to find the curative water at the end of the world -- Portobello. There is bearded Jack, who will get the cure for his beloved mother; the Wee King who flies with royal status and amibition; the African, Wicked Queen who has a great propensity for uplifting love; the wee Hunchback commuter on the bridge; and the cowardly Giant much reduced in scale. The intrepid believe in their cure, have the will to find it and to be transformed.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery
Blabheinn from Ord the Golden Shore

Blabheinn from Ord the Golden Shore

South Skye landscape completed while resident at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on Board
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Black with Ice the Warm Mountain

Black with Ice the Warm Mountain

Beinne na Greine on the watershed between the Kylerhea River and Abhainn Lusa in South Skye occupies the painter's hand, heart and soul. The 'Mountain of the Sun' takes its name from its south facing ridges, drenched with sun in summer. But in winter the outlying Cuillin can be 'black with ice or with cold wet ooze, the ramparts of grim precipices'. (Sorley Maclean)

Original
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm
Beinne na Greine on the watershed between the Kylerhea River and Abhainn Lusa in South Skye occupies the painter's hand, heart and soul. The 'Mountain of the Sun' takes its name from its south facing ridges, drenched with sun in summer. But in winter the outlying Cuillin can be 'black with ice or with cold wet ooze, the ramparts of grim precipices'. (Sorley Maclean)
The Far Cuillin

The Far Cuillin

Also known as 'The Braes of Roy'. Completed while resident at Taigh na Teud 200-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
79cm x 60cm
The Cuillin Isle of Skye South Skye painting
Blue-black Sgurr

Blue-black Sgurr

Completed while resident at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm

£600.00
Blabheinn over Loch Slapin

Blabheinn over Loch Slapin

South Skye landscape. A last glow of light from beyond the horizon imbues the darkness of these western clouds with the power of a sun now grown faint in the approach of long night. The mists linger over Loch Slapin.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 76cm
South Skye landscape. A last glow of light from beyond the horizon imbues the darkness of these western clouds with the power of a sun now grown faint in the approach of long night. The mists linger over Loch Slapin.
Hounds and Hares

Hounds and Hares

A scene in the metamorphosis sequence of Jack and Marigold from Duncan Williamson's Scottish Traveller tale 'Two Ravens'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
40cm x 50cm
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Central scene of transformation, the metamorphosis of Jack and Marigold as they escape the wrath of the evil Raven-boys who were created by Marigold's grandfather magician. Jack and Marigold are using one of the two magical rings of transformation.
Marigold's Metamorphosis

Marigold's Metamorphosis

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Two Ravens'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 150cm
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Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
Jack and Mother

Jack and Mother

The Traveller folk hero Jack is consulting with his Mother about the Land of the Ravens and is it true? From the legacy of international ballad and story by traditional Traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson (1928-2007).

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm
Princess Swan Sister

Princess Swan Sister

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Twelve White Swans'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
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Can be seen at The Life Room
A Thorn in the King's Foot

A Thorn in the King's Foot

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Thorn in the King's Foot'

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
La Mer la Moocht

La Mer la Moocht

The merman returns to his undersea home intending to take his friend, the old fisherman, with him.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 36cm
Princess and the Cuckoo

Princess and the Cuckoo

The drop of a tear from the eye of the princess will transform the cuckoo into his true self, a prince.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 36cm
The Coming of the Unicorn

The Coming of the Unicorn

The unicorn is about to knock the king's shield from his grasp in a child's dream. [portrait of toddler Oskar Duncan Arthur Williamson, grandson of the late Duncan Williamson]

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 36cm
King and the Unicorn

King and the Unicorn

A dark and stormy moonlit dream. The king is close enough to his quarry, almost at arm's length.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 61cm
Creation of the Unicorn

Creation of the Unicorn

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Coming of the Unicorn'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
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Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
Unicorn Dusk

Unicorn Dusk

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Coming of the Unicorn'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 50cm
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The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael defeats the dragon in Edinburgh's Royal Mile at dawn. In the private collection of Professor Monika Kostera.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
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Diana and her Dogs

Diana and her Dogs

The virgin huntress unleashes an arrow much to the delight of two of her hunting hounds. Diana is Artemis.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Leda

Leda

Ravished by Zeus in the form of a swan, the queen of Sparta seen here with her two sets of twins Castor-Clytemnestra and Pollux-Helen.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Orpheus and the Maenads

Orpheus and the Maenads

Orpheus is about to be dimembered by those who follow Dionysus. His instrument is held aloft.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
The Wild god, the Mad god and the god of Wine

The Wild god, the Mad god and the god of Wine

Pan, Dionysus and Bacchus in a triple portrait of revelry raise their voices at the end of a moonlit spree.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 61cm
Father Time

Father Time

From Roman mythology, the bringer of old age who wanders the world as old Father Time.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
30cm x 30cm
Bugarach from the Devil's Armchair

Bugarach from the Devil's Armchair

Burgarach in autumn 2016.

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

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
Cardou Bugarach Canigou

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
View Southwest from Bugarach

View Southwest from Bugarach

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Autumn Afternoon Bugarach with Tree

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
Axat

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
The Green Woods of Cardou

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
September Snow Canigou

September Snow Canigou

A September snow which lasted for only a day shines through to the mountain footpath among evergreen oak where the evening sun turns to autumn.

Original
Oil on canvas
50cm x 61cm
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April Snow Carlito

April Snow Carlito

Looking down into the peace of the valley of La Valettte where the first tints of Spring are becoming visible one is distracted by the huge snowstorm blowing in from the East onto the peaks.

Original
Oil on canvas
50cm x 70cm
Black Mountain Blue Oak

Black Mountain Blue Oak

Above the remains of last winter yet before the advent of Spring the eye looks across the hibernating lands to the crepuscular horizon of the Black Mount.

Original
Oil on canvas
61cm x 50cm
The Road to Montsegur

The Road to Montsegur

Completed in 2011 in Rennes les Bains, Occitania.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 80cm
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Moonrise Saint Salveyre

Moonrise Saint Salveyre

A summer sunset greens the sky as the full moon of approaching autumn rises above the Roman church of Saint Salveyre. Trees catch the light in their weaving and on the mountain rock the welcome glow of life sits in peace.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
March Sunset River Aude

March Sunset River Aude

On the far bank trees yet to be in leaf dissolve in light. Encroaching night shows on the hill but the sun on the black waters where shadows are cast is a void blaze of liquid gold.

Original
Oil on canvas
90cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
The Road to Camurac

The Road to Camurac

Temperatures drop high in the mountains where the colours of sunset flee onto the high ground leaving the traveller immersed in his own cold shadow.

Original
Oil on canvas
The Peaks of the Three Stars

The Peaks of the Three Stars

In the peaceful rolling valley of Sansa the church spire stands. Deep pine wooded sides catch the light. The viewer is framed in a lattice of pine. There is a timeless pilgrim on the path. The peaks themselves are blue and midsummer snow rests there.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
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Dusk Madres

Dusk Madres

High on the side of Madres we look south into night on the Pyrenees Orientales. At this altitude the massive pines become dwarves. This is midnight at midsummer.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Dawn from Madres

Dawn from Madres

Canigou in featureless blue dominates a sea of morning mist. Perched on a granite peak the artist sees into rocky abyss, mountain lake and rolling green hills. The rays of morning in white traverse the scene.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Cardou Bugarach Canigou

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
Deep Wood

Deep Wood

Two ancient chestnut trees lean across the forest path. Painted by torchlight, this nocturne on a muddy path shows where the wild boar run after rain.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
55cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Montagne de Taube

Montagne de Taube

The foreground consists of light-play in grass either side of a stony track which descends to a tangle of bushes out of which rise two Scots pines. In the distance the valley is a sea of cloud from which rise high mountains. Overhead the golden limbs of a cherry tree descend, their leaves catching sunlight. The last cherry of the season hangs in the top left.

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

Pine Trees at Gruissan

Pine trees distorted by mountain wind and sea wind writhe. Beneath shaded boughs serpentine forms weave. The tree trunks themselves are surrounded by sunlight which is rendered in short vertical strokes. A scene of many arching curving tree forms beneath a blue sky on a sunlit hill.

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

The Overgrown Path

Oak trees line a path deep into the afternoon forests. A shattered mosaic of light, leaf, branch and rock litters the way.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
41cm x 33cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Sarrat Cayrol Forest Dusk

Sarrat Cayrol Forest Dusk

The weary traveller finds an idyllic spot where a fire may be made and a gurgling stream listened to. Among large mossy boulders pine and beech rise to obscure the starry heavens. All is at the extreme of day; only afterglow makes the scene visible.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Evening Beech Trees

Evening Beech Trees

A westering sun casts a yellow light through a transparent forest where blue shadow reaches out from the undergrowth. Two paths converge on the way to the west.

Original
Oil on canvas
Autumn Beech River Salz

Autumn Beech River Salz

On an autumn afternoon with the sun disappearing behind the high hill of forest a monumental beech tree stands in its brown leafed phase on a bed of fallen leaves. The River Salz cascades green in the left foreground to balance the bowl of the beech. The forested hill is a pattern of perpendiculars rendered with brush strokes whose action is liberal and expressive.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Black Waterfall

Black Waterfall

Night is falling and the sky darkens from gold to crimson. Black water crashes from brown rock amid tall trees which form crepuscular green borders left and right. A dark shore rock bottom left contrasts a brighter river rock middle fore which still catches partial light. The fall itself is already in darkness. The brush work of the river is violent, carrying the destruction of day, yet the atmosphere is calm, inviting a world where, vision obscured, eternal sounds continue to run on.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Autumn Beech River Salz

Autumn Beech River Salz

On an autumn afternoon with the sun disappearing behind the high hill of forest a monumental beech tree stands in its brown leafed phase on a bed of fallen leaves. The River Salz cascades green in the left foreground to balance the bowl of the beech. The forested hill is a pattern of perpendiculars rendered with brush strokes whose action is liberal and expressive.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Nine Yellow Willows

Nine Yellow Willows

The river is shallow, turbulent and stony where it flows between the curtains of the long leafed willow margins.

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

Aude at Axat

Fierce mountain waters travel across most of the picture in grays and greens. From the pale immediate foreground two tree forms arise left and right to frame a white river-wave low centre, and then cross in front of the green woods on the opposite shore. A feeling of hoary texture on the orange foreground tree-forms, through which we must view the sliding river, is conveyed by varied brush work and paint thicknesses.

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

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
Andorra and River Carol

Andorra and River Carol

The blues of a snowy world risen high beyond cloud are besieged by red, yellow, gray and black atmosphere in tumultuous form. Beneath a crown of cloud the blue valleys sink to green trailed with red cloud. The lower mountains through which the blue river Carol runs are lemon and orange and scarlet. In ascent or descent the travelling eye crosses horizon after horizon, stone river bank, red valley, green valley, high cloud, mountain top and again cloud world.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Black Fountain, Tempesta

Black Fountain, Tempesta

A distant blue summer evening is seen from a dark star. Grey rock enters shadow black shape, grains of white upon it. The foot of star mountain is a carpet of tiny pine trees. On the mountain formal patterns of rock-snow snow-rock break the eye up into mercurial yet static detail. The frozen trees on my right, as hail fell, were reappointed with white. Sinister clouds sweep in, large and obscuring. Through the storm I am given an opening to create a metaphor for the human eye.

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

April Snow

Canigou is distant, still, cold with April snow. Roses and ciste and thorn twine on rock.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
From the Col d'Agnes

From the Col d'Agnes

Beneath a summer sky of pure cerulean blue jagged rocks and snow fields descend in crevice either side of the central gold brown mountain. A Chinese brush has been used to effect the detail, loose yet accurate, of this mountain group seen across a chasm of space from a high foreground. Yellows, greens and vermillions are presented where overpainting is almost indistinguishable from first thought.

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

Vallespir

To the south beyond Canigou the steep and densely wooded mountains of Vallespir rise beneath a summer sky. Nature seems to take on the forms of its own will, the forms of its own heart's desire.

Original
Oil on canvas
28" x 36"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Roc Jalere

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
Peak of the Cold Fountain

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
Peak of the Cold Fountain with Crescent

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 Negre d'Envalira

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
Roc Jalere

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
Bog of Aiseag

Bog of Aiseag

Landscape of South Skye at Breakish, completed at Taigh na Teud, 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
23.5" x 31"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Autumnal landscape on the Isle of Skye at Breakish.
Abhainn Lusa, February Dusk

Abhainn Lusa, February Dusk

Landscape near Breakish, Isle of Skye, during residence at Taigh na Teud, 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Silkie's Rock I

Silkie's Rock I

The silkies or Seal People find their homes on the shores of South Skye at Breacais upon the large rocks. At times of full moon man can walk to and observe an incredible undersea world elevated and available for a phase.

Original
Oil on Board
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
The silkies or Seal People find their homes on the shores of South Skye at Breacais upon the large rocks. At times of full moon man can walk to and observe an incredible undersea world elevated and available for a phase.
Loch Ainort I

Loch Ainort I

Loch Ainort, view from Aricharanach, across the loch to
Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn. Painted outdoors in complementary oranges and blues, catching a tranquil afternoon.

Original
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm
Loch Ainort, view from Aricharanach, across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn. Painted outdoors in complementary oranges and blues, catching a tranquil afternoon.
Grey Moon Tidal Rock

Grey Moon Tidal Rock

Completed at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on Board
91cm x 60cm
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Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Queen of the Fairy Hill

Queen of the Fairy Hill

Completed at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010. The fairy hill is potent on 1st May, the Celtic festival of Bealltuinn when the fairy host ride forth.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 45cm

£500.00
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Loch na Beiste

Loch na Beiste

Painted alla prima to capture the momentary visibility of the mountainous shore before a hailstorm engulfs it entirely. Early work at Taigh na Teud, Breakish, 2000.

Original
Mixed Media
30cm x 40cm
Sold
Can be seen at The Scottish Storytelling Centre
The Road to Montsegur

The Road to Montsegur

Completed in 2011 in Rennes les Bains, Occitania.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 80cm
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Autumn Rain River Salz

Autumn Rain River Salz

The River Salz near Rennes les Bains, autumn 2016.

Original
Oil on canvas
160cm x 127cm
Peak of the Cold Fountain

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
Pic Negre d'Envalira

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
One-Eyed with the Ravens

One-Eyed with the Ravens

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Two Ravens'

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Sold
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
Pic de Montmalus

Pic de Montmalus

A mountainscape perceived from a sunlit yellow foreground across a cool valley from whose depths rise joyous rocks and snow beneath a spiral sun.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
75cm x 90cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic del Griu

Pic del Griu

Apart from the five pine trees lower right which give a sense of scale, the world depicted here presents the eye with shapes in rock and snow-wreathe which are neither solid nor transparent and possess microscopic detail in a panoramic context.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Rabbit's Blood

Rabbit's Blood

Original
Raven Outlaw

Raven Outlaw

Drawing of Raven for wonder tale Two Ravens by Duncan Williamson

Original
Twelve Swans

Twelve Swans

Drawing for wonder tale The Twelve White Swans by Duncan Williamson

Original
The Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael defeats the dragon in Edinburgh's Royal Mile at dawn. In the private collection of Professor Monika Kostera.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
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Zeus at Fountainbridge

Zeus at Fountainbridge

Father of the Gods portrayed in an Edinburgh tenement flat with the Fountainbridge Brewery behind him. Down to his last thunderbolt shedding tears for himself, never another.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Odysseus and Circe

Odysseus and Circe

The heroic voyzage Odysseus with one of his sailors, who has been transformed by the enchantress Circe into a pig upon her island.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Achilles, Patroclus, Krishna

Achilles, Patroclus, Krishna

Three charioteers from two different mythologies juxtaposed. The Iliad meets the Bhagavad Gita.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
55cm x 46cm
Hector and the Baby Jesus

Hector and the Baby Jesus

Juxtaposition of the Iliad and the New Testament. Hector in a high-rise awaits the knock on the door from Achilles while cradling infant Divinity.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 50cm
Blabheinn and the Cailleach

Blabheinn and the Cailleach

Painting completed while resident at Taigh na Teud, Breakish, Isle of Skye 2000-2010. In the private collection of Ann Morrison.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Sold
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
Loch na Beiste

Loch na Beiste

Painted alla prima to capture the momentary visibility of the mountainous shore before a hailstorm engulfs it entirely. Early work at Taigh na Teud, Breakish, 2000.

Original
Mixed Media
30cm x 40cm
Sold
Can be seen at The Scottish Storytelling Centre
Blabheinn over Loch Slapin

Blabheinn over Loch Slapin

South Skye landscape. A last glow of light from beyond the horizon imbues the darkness of these western clouds with the power of a sun now grown faint in the approach of long night. The mists linger over Loch Slapin.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 76cm
South Skye landscape. A last glow of light from beyond the horizon imbues the darkness of these western clouds with the power of a sun now grown faint in the approach of long night. The mists linger over Loch Slapin.
Bog of Aiseag

Bog of Aiseag

Landscape of South Skye at Breakish, completed at Taigh na Teud, 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
23.5" x 31"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Autumnal landscape on the Isle of Skye at Breakish.
Silkie's Rock II

Silkie's Rock II

The geology of Skye is of great interest and warrants close inspection. Some days one has the privilege of alternately being bitten by midges and smitten by hailstones. Despite this the tidal rock is a veritable treasure chest.

Original
Oil on Board
45" x 55"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Boreraig

Boreraig

Bagh na Dhubh-Airde, Bay of the Dark Height; view from there looking across Loch Eishort to Beinn Bhuidhe, the yellow mountain. Rain is on the mountain and the loch is cold and dark and will soon be hidden entirely.

Original
Oil on canvas
59cm x 79cm
Bagh na Dhubh-Airde, Bay of the Dark Height; view from there looking across Loch Eishort to Beinn Bhuidhe, the yellow mountain. Rain is on the mountain and the loch is cold and dark and will soon be hidden entirely.
Loch Ainort II

Loch Ainort II

View is from Luib across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn.

Original
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm

£600.00
View is from Luib across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn.
Rocky Terrible Cuillin

Rocky Terrible Cuillin

Competed at Taigh na Teud, Breakish 2000-2010.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Black with Ice the Warm Mountain

Black with Ice the Warm Mountain

Beinne na Greine on the watershed between the Kylerhea River and Abhainn Lusa in South Skye occupies the painter's hand, heart and soul. The 'Mountain of the Sun' takes its name from its south facing ridges, drenched with sun in summer. But in winter the outlying Cuillin can be 'black with ice or with cold wet ooze, the ramparts of grim precipices'. (Sorley Maclean)

Original
Oil on canvas
45cm x 60cm
Beinne na Greine on the watershed between the Kylerhea River and Abhainn Lusa in South Skye occupies the painter's hand, heart and soul. The 'Mountain of the Sun' takes its name from its south facing ridges, drenched with sun in summer. But in winter the outlying Cuillin can be 'black with ice or with cold wet ooze, the ramparts of grim precipices'. (Sorley Maclean)