KUR by jean pronovost
The name given to this magical and monumental landscape painting comes from the Greek word kurios, which is translated as ‘lord’ or ‘master.’ A mountain is a natural lord or master of the earth, it reaches into the sky and the spiritual world above. This character of strength and majesty is mimicked in the artificial mountains of cities, in the skyscrapers, roller coasters, and tall towers. Mountains naturally have a power and presence that nothing can compare to, which this awe-inspiring landscape communicates through rich colours and the glowing mystical mist that surround this monolith.
This work also operates as a profound and moving innerscape: it feels empowering and hopeful, and a great place to escape to find tranquility, happiness, wisdom, and inspiration. The bright blue water feels cool and refreshing as it rushes by the edges of the granite rock island. The sound it makes is so soothing, perfect for reflection, and cleansing the mind. There is a way to inner peace here. This island rock, with its little forest of pine trees, was formed by volcanic lava many ages ago. One of nature’s significant transformations produced when fire and water meet, and it becomes a surface hard enough to last for millennia. Rising up boldly from the mist that lurks through the woods is the great mountain. Its presence is like that of an old and great god. This sublime creation of nature presents a challenge to all creatures; to scale it or dwell on its rough surface mean to take risks, moving beyond fear and limitations. All around this mountain are graceful clouds that cover the sky, and with the sunlight gently coming through them, they appear like soft fleece.
They make the heavens so alluring and welcoming. Here, in this serene spot of water, land, and sky, there is an abundance of natural beauty and power that can restore and re-energize the body, mind, and spirit.