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A simple pine tree stands alone as a monument to salvation. This tree holds the snow pack in place for me whilst I ski on upwards. It averts death through avalanche. For this reason this tree is a holy relic like a shrine, and a symbol of salvation.   

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Mount Aspiring/Tititea is New Zealand's highest mountain outside the Aoraki/Mount Cook region.

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Internal Gilded frame in silver is a norse poem from the creation story of how Wotan created the Furthark alphabet by being speared to a tree for 7 nights and consequently in his gushing blood the runes took shape.

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The final rays of sun light set in the west seen from the balcony of the Tschierva hut on the Bernina Alps .

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An old man stands in the same pose as Caspar David Friedreich's painting Wanderer above the sea of clouds. The mountain Piz Palu looms above. 

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Peak Chapayev represents the highest point on earth on which I have yet stood at 6300m. About as high as you can go without seriously needing bottled oxygen. The View is looking south to the Pamir Vistas in the Tian Shan (Celestial Mountains) of kyrgz Republic.

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The Matterhorn imagined as seen from the south eastern italian side.

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The glacier in the Bernesse Oberland hangs ominously at night waiting to ensnare anyone who dares cross its under its path.

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The old english oak is a symbol of home and this land. In this series of paintings of the same oak stages of its life are shown. Its has firstly been struck by lightning and caught fire on the inside. This has however not killed the oak entirely. The tree has indured this blasting and lived on. There is great hope in the branches of the tree and its tormented forms take on new character and offer as a metaphisical symbol of hope in our own life, no matter what may come to pass we will always stive to endure and live on. Scars define our own unique character and become the spirit of our natural personality.   

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The old english oak is a symbol of home and this land. In this series of paintings of the same oak stages of its life are shown. Its has firstly been struck by lightning and caught fire on the inside. This has however not killed the oak entirely. The tree has endured this blasting and lived on. There is great hope in the branches of the tree and its tormented forms take on new character and offer as a metaphysical symbol of hope in our own life, no matter what may come to pass we will always strive to endure and live on. Scars define our own unique character and become the spirit of our natural personality.

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The painting came about after a visit to the region of meteroa in nothern greece. Meteora is a natural formation of rock pinnacles. Many of these rock pillars have monasteries on the top of them. The place has been a spiritual retreat and haven for centuries where monks have sought solitude and refuge from the world in order to preserve high spirtual knowledge. Upon visiting the place it was impossible to not be moved by the immensity of natural flowing energy the place emits. This painting is my attempt to record all this landscape of monolithic rocks and fins some way to render in painting there spectacular monumentality. The rocks themselves are formed as conglomerates of many other smaller different types of rocks. In this collection of difference of forms I have sought to depict the perfection that is the truth of the place.

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The work is a response to the sub culture of fetish and sadomasochism. A Valkyrie stands before a triskelion. The three legs are known in Manx as ny tree cassyn ("the three legs"). The triskelion is an ancient symbol, used by the Mycenaeans and the Lycians. This could be an alter ego, disguise or fantasy. The work was inspired by costumes and collages of images from magazines. The viewer is invited to take a fascinated look at the slick surfaces that the glossy and matt paint evoke and suggest.

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This work is a response to the sub culture of fetish and sadomasochism. A Tannin which is a biblical devil with a human form. This figure could be an alter ego, disguise or fantasy. The work was inspired by costumes and collages of images from magazines. The viewer is invited to take a fascinated look at the slick surfaces that the glossy and matt paint evoke and suggest.

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This work is a response to the sub culture of fetish and sadomasochism. A horned raven is seen to morph with a human form. This could be an alter ego, disguise or fantasy. There is deliberate ambiguity as the wether the creature is feeding on its prey or devouring in an act of mating. The work was inspired by costumes and collages of images from magazines. The viewer is invited to take a fascinated look at the slick surfaces that the glossy and matt paint evoke and suggest.

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Alexander painted this peak in anticipation of his next expedition to climb in Nepal in the post monsoon season of 2014. This piece was painted from a photograph taken the world renound climber Reinhold Messner. The piece seeks to translate into paint the feeling of a celestial mountain rising above the distant jungle haze. In only painting the fluted snowfields of the mountain itself Alexander seeks to paint the light refracted in the air, not the mountain in its wholeness.
 

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The northern lights glow in the sky suggesting the sublime on earth. The aurora was believed to be the rising spirits of the dead to the ancient peoples of the north.

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Dhaulagiri stands above a sea of clouds as seen from Annapurna. This painting was painted from a photograph taken by the climber Reinhold Messner. This piece depicts a temperature inversion most commonly experienced on early mornings in the mountains, where a sea of clouds can be seen with peaks sticking out like islands. Alexander has painted this peak in anticipation of his next expedition to climb in Nepal in the post monsoon season of 2014.

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Between Val di Funes and Val Gardena, there is the Odle mountain group. This famous mountain massif of the Dolomites is located between the Val di Funes and the Val Gardena, in the heart of the Puez-Odle nature park. The main peak of this mountain range is the Sass Rigais, which is 3,025 m high - like the neighbouring Furchetta. The Sass Rigais can be scaled both from Val Gardena and Val di Funes, via fixed-rope route. Alexander climbed the highest of these peaks solo in the summer of 2013.

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Sky Burial depicts ceremonies that are shared by the old Anglo-Scandinavian pagan religion of the north, the eastern Buddhist and Bon Faiths and also the Christian faith. Sacrificial offerings, be they your own body in the Tibetan sky burial, the body of Christ for salvation or ceremonial weapons cast into the misty lakes and forests. The painting depicts a portal to another world and samples a vignette of the painting the Goethe Monument by Carl Gustav Carus. This piece can be seen as a response to longing for nature and the mediative spirituality within it. The portal its self is based on the Gol Stave Church in Norway. This church and its architecture marks the point in history where there is an assimilation of the old pagan belief system with the new Christian faith. The work seeks to reconcile differences in religious cultures attempts to point the out overlapping similarities.

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This painting uses the the Trefoil or Valknut symbol, which is the impossible knot to tie. It is a metaphiscal symbol that describes how all living things are bound together and interdependant. The painting derives its name from the nordic sacred ash tree Yggdrasil, as the painting represents differing elemental states much like the ash tree itself which interlocks and binds all these states together

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Different elements are combined in this fractal symbol of Valknut. The painting was made using a combination of faux decorative effects to create an illustionary wooden marketry surface. Tortois shell, tamo ash, pitched pine, walnut and rose wood all form the varous elements of the piece. Valknut: found on old Norse stone carvings is called "Hrungnir's heart," after the legendary giant of the Eddas. It is best known as the Valknut, or "knot of the slain," and it has been found on stone carvings with funerary motifs, where it signified the afterlife. The valknut can be drawn unicursally (in one stroke), making it a popular talisman of protection against spirits. The Valknut's three interlocking shapes and nine points suggest rebirth, pregnancy, and cycles of reincarnation. The nine points are also suggestive of the Nine Worlds (and the nine fates) of Norse mythology. Their interwoven shape suggests the belief of the interrelatedness of the three realms of earth, hel, and the heavens, and the nine domains they encompass. The Valknut is also an important symbol to many followers of the Odinist faith, who often wear it as a symbol of the faith.

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Painting made in response to the novel, The Snow Leopard by Peter Mattiessen. The work is an illustration from the following excert-

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The peaks of Monte Rosa, Liskamm and Castor as seen from the summit of Pollux. The mountains in this picture represent some of the highest glaciated terrain in Switzerland and straddle the frontier between Italy. They are capped with a covering of snow all year round and can be skiied in the summer months.

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A ghostly image of a woman stares out from the Bavarian mountainscape of the summit of Hoch Kalter, (High Cold mountain). 

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Morning haze over a lake in Berchtesgadnerland, Germany. This deep fjord like lake was carved out by glaciers in the last ice age. It was one of the most painted alpine lakes of the late romantic era and a personal favourite place of the artist himself. This place is the closest one can get to heaven on this earth in the artists own opinion. 

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Ravens circling a mountain top in mythology symbolise a sleeping king within the mountain waiting to rise when a country is in peril. 

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The silhouette of Schinkel's famous gothic cathedral rises out of the clouds of an upside down misty landscape in the Carinthian alps. Light emanates out of darkness amidst stormy cloud’s, which are on the cusp of clearing. Divinity is manifest in the landscape itself. 

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The Sea of Ice from Freidrich’s famous painting the Wreck of Hope has been mirrored and reflected by its own skyline, leaving only thin air to stand on. The work is a homage to the original painting made to the exact same dimensions. 

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All profits from the sale of this painting will be donated to the British Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief fund.

The painting features fractured mountainous landscapes rearranged, broken but put back together and beautiful in a new way. Thus, it is fitting that this painting be sold to raise funds to help the people of Nepal put there lives back together as best they can. I hope this painting will inspire the idea of regeneration, hope and reconstruction within the idea of a deconstructed landscape.

Please bid generously on this beautiful painting and be happy in the knowledge that your payment for this artwork will have benefited those greatly in need. 

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The Tannhauser Gate is partly a painted vignette of the famous painting Felsentor by Schinkel. The work is also an illustration to the first part of the story of Thus Spoke Tharathustra, and evokes the Niezschien idea of man waking up in a high cave in the mountains to sunrise and the realisation that he can be a super being incontrol of his own destiny. 

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The knife edge ridge, this is the actual realization of the motivations of Alexander Heatons paintings. 

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The oil painting Borealis is the artist's imagining of an experience of the Northern Lights, having never experienced the phenomenon himself. It aligns with much of Alex's practice in exploring powerful natural settings, and their connection to spirituality as the Aurora for many peoples of the north represent the souls of past generations of ancestors rising up to the heavens.

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A ghostly face of Leni Riefenstahl emerges out of the landscape of the Konigsee in the Berchtesgaden Alps. Leni Riefenstahl was one of the first directors of mountain films in the 1930's. 

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Flake is a fractal representation of a snow flake. The painting is about looking out from the summits of mountains and the contemplation of what is beyond, meaning or the the lack of meaning and order. 

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Dolmens are ancient burial grounds marked by three huge stones they are found spread throughout the nordic countries. Dolmens were famously painted in many romantic era paintings and serve as a metaphore to lost civilasations of the north. 

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Crystal Caverns is an imagining of a first exploration by an ancient tribe at the retreat of the glaciers and the dawn of man. 

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The Secret of the Runes or Sunrise From the Summit of Mont Blanc is a response to the artist's own experience of climbing the mountain in 2010. 

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The Grave in the painting is in Abney park Cemetery. So far, the only part of London Alex has ever painted in his work. 

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This painting was a commission completed in response to a mountaineering touring residency during the summer of 2009 in the Ober Engadine. 

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Another of artist Alex Heaton's impressive landscapes, The Rhône Valley was a response to a ski mountaineering tour the artist made of the region in 2009. As with all of Alex's painting, the subtlety of his technique leaves the viewer to marvel at the beauty and power of the natural setting.

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This work was carried out after a residency ski touring the high alps of the Vallais from Chamonix to the Simplon Pass.

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A hybrid landscape of the peaks around the infamous alpine ski resort St Moritz and Silvaplana in the Oberengadine of southern Switzerland.

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This painting was made in response to a ski Mountaineering tour the artist made of this peak and its surrounding area with the International School of Mountaineering. 

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A comissioned painting for a private collector. The mountain in the painting is Piz Bernina in the Oberengadine of switzerland.

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This painting represents the mountains at dawn around 5 am in the morning above the town of St Moriz in Switzerland. The view is looking east towards Italy where the sun is about to rise. The position is halfway up the mountain Piz Morteratsch which I went on to summit that morning. 

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