Dogs and Artwork

Like a painting in a painting, Jean’s artwork with our dogs creates the illusion of an image with furry characters surrounded by colour. Imo and Leo and Bali by Jean Tori The photographs we take of these unusual pairings often transform into collages filled with patterns, textures and colours. Cats and Lupins by Jean Tori…

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The Year of the Dragon

The Dragon is the fifth animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle (see dates below). Dragons are the only sign in the zodiac based on a mythical creature. Although, if you were born in the Year of the Dragon, you would say that this animal was once probably very real, roaming the Great Wall of…

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Jean’s Past Exhibition Invitations

As we’re working on Jean’s next exhibition, we revisited some past vernissage invitations to get some ideas. Here are a few and the inspiration behind their designs. This invitation (cover and inside text) is from Jean’s 2006 “Horoscopes and Teapots” exhibition at Green T. in Rome. We chose a very graphic-design teapot painting by Jean…

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Korean Folk Art – Crane Inspiration

Jean began painting cranes in South Korea. She was inspired by these birds featured in Korean folk art, which were colourful, full of character and often humorous. Here’s a detail of a painting by Jean from 1978, “The Emperor’s Nightingale”.       The humorous depiction of cranes in Korean folk art added to its…

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The Year of the Rabbit

The Rabbit (aka Hare) is the fourth animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle (see dates below). Those born in the Year of the Rabbit see the world with keen eyes, a calm soul and a kind heart. No matter how serene, the Rabbit is still strong-willed, pursuing personal goals in a precise and orderly…

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Wizard Kingdom Illustration

The Wizard Kingdom Illustration for our book, “The Wizards and the Whale”, started out as a painting commission for an Umbrian family in 2014. They wanted an Umbrian countryside filled with trees, medieval castles, Asian temples and their dog. Castle, Mountains and Morning Sun by Jean Tori 2014 With the brief in mind, Jean began…

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Hong Kong Inspiration

Living in Hong Kong for two decades led to numerous creative discoveries that inspired Jean’s artwork. A favourite arts and crafts style was the Chinese blue and white batik textile designs that still fill our house as soft furnishings. Here’s an example of Jean’s batik patterns in a cushion-filled painting (and beloved dog). Angel on…

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The Year of the Tiger

The third animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle is the Tiger (see dates below). The life of one born in the Year of the Tiger is filled with the love of adventure and an addiction to excitement, definitely not moderation. Always ready to jump into action, this zodiac sign would not mind in the least…

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Colour Theory: Interview with Jean

Right after graduating from the College of Art of Portsmouth, Jean worked as a window display artist and she taught a class about Colour Theory at the College of Art night school. Water Ducks by Jean Tori 1984 Anthinula: What is Colour Theory? JEAN: It’s about how combining colours has an effect on our visual…

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Teapots and Bamboo

This is the design story of one of Jean’s paintings for our “The Wizards and the Whale” children’s book. Jean has always been inspired by the Asian designed cranes, especially those found in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, in Korean folk art, and the cranes in many Chinese screens. Here is a decorative Japanese crane…

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