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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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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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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The Year of the Rat

The twelve-year Asian Zodiac Cycle begins with the Year of the Rat. For those of you born in this year (see dates below), the Rat is considered a quick-witted perfectionist, at the forefront leading the way, while overcoming problematic challenges. The Rat is highly organized and has a very active mind and a very busy life.…

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The Year of the Ox

The second animal in the twelve-year Chinese zodiac cycle is the Ox. Those born in the Year of the Ox (see dates at the end), are known for being the hard workers of the animal horoscope. They are believed to get things done as they are reliable, trustworthy and responsible. They are tenacious and persistent and…

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Ceramics and Art

When Jean first arrived in Umbria back in the late 90s she discovered many regional artisans and craft traditions. Deruta is a town south of Perugia that specialises in ceramic wares. Jean often visited a well-known potter, Ubaldo Grazia at Grazia Maioliche (http://www.ubaldograzia.com), who suggested that they paint one of her paintings onto a plate.…

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