Chinese Carpets Turned Into Paintings. Part 1

Finding inspiration in the strangest of places – the carpet under my feet. We bought this carpet in China a decade ago and I loved the colours and the design the second I saw it.

1920s Chinese Carpet

1920s Chinese Carpet

I don’t always paint things exactly as they are, but when I paint a Chaek-kŏri – a traditional Korean art form whereby the artist paints his or her favorite objects that they most enjoy being surrounded by – I like to be as detailed as I can in my representation. This carpet was a detail in my Chaek-kŏri from 2005 (I paint one every few years), and as such, I tried to paint it as realistically as possible – call it an object portrait.

Detail of 'Chaek-kŏri' by Jean Tori 2005 ©

Detail of 'Chaek-kŏri' by Jean Tori 2005 ©