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Scottish artist John Slavin stages exhibition at Collingwood College, Durham
AN exhibition of paintings by Scottish artist John Slavin has opened in the North-East.
His paintings have recently been exhibited at The Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and work was included in the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition 2013, which ended last month.
The show is on at Collingwood College, Durham University, in Durham City until March 17.
Slavin, who has also worked as a crofter in Aberdeenshire and a singer and songwriter, trained at Edinburgh College of Art under celebrated painters Robin Phillipson and Dame Elisabeth Blackadder.
The exhibition is presented by Reuben Sutton, a graduate of Durham University, who now runs The Sutton Gallery in Leicester.
Colin Herd, from The Sutton Gallery, said: “Taking inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh, Slavin has personally visited many of the locations where Van Gogh painted and his lively, thick and expressive application of paint shows the influence of the great post-impressionist master.
“He travels each year from his home in Edinburgh to the Pyrenees Mountains in France, where he stays for up to three months in order to get inspiration for his visionary and expressive landscapes.
“Donning his ruck-sack and embarking on extensive walks in the mountains, Slavin makes hundreds of drawings during these visits, which he later transforms into paintings in his Edinburgh studio.”
Viewing is on Saturday and Sundays from 10am-5pm and weekdays by appointment.
Contact Collingwood College reception for appointments by calling 0191-334-5000 or email email@example.com