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 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…

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Korean Folk Art and Laughing Tigers

Living in Seoul, South Korea, during the early 70s, Jean was introduced to Korean folk art. This style of naïve artwork was very graphic in design. Compositions could be simple or intricately decorated with bright colours and patterns, often portraying humour and satire. Korean folk art was based on Shamanism, a religion that believes that…

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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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Korean Folk Art – Chaekkori

The Korean chaekkori (chaekgeori) is a still-life genre of painting that focuses on books and other objects associated with the scholar, such as inkstone, calligraphy brush and paper. Below are examples of details of screens from the late 19thcentury.   During the Joseon (Chosun) Dynasty (1392-1910) silk screens were painted in this style for the royal court,…

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