The Art of the Chair

The chair is a familiar and artistically inspiring every-day-object, found all over the world. Here is one of Jean’s chairs covered in fabric that she hand-painted.

Jean's blue and white painted fabric chair

 

 

Jean has always been inspired to paint chairs as they remind her of past homes and journeys.

 

Here’s an old photograph of a corner of our house in Seoul, South Korea.

A corner of the house in Seoul, South Korea
A corner of the house in Seoul, South Korea

The unique and much loved and used bamboo chair surrounded by some favourite objects inspired Jean to paint this:

A Corner of our Korean Home by Jean Tori

Artistically, when a chair is painted in a natural landscape it can mean there is a community, humans are around, somewhere. Here is Jean’s painting, “Chair in the Middle of the Road”, inspired by such a sighting when she first arrived in Umbria.

Chair in the Middle of the Road by Jean Tori 1999
Chair in the Middle of the Road by Jean Tori 1999

Chairs symbolise many things, from comfort, as a place to rest, to companionship. A single painted chair also symbolises hope – waiting for someone to return. Here’s Jean painting, “Umbrian Chaekkori” (read more about Chaekkori here).

Umbrian Chaekori with Chicken Carpets by Jean Tori 2021
Umbrian Chaekori with Chicken Carpets by Jean Tori 2021

And occasionally there is chair irony. Here, Jean’s “Water Wizard”, surrounded by waves, sits comfortably on dry land. Sometimes, unexpected chairs provide the best view or at least an interesting juxtaposition. (The Water Wizard is part of our children’s book “The Wizards and the Whale”).

Water Wizard 2014 Jean Tori

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