Chinoiseriez. -Homage to the interior of the Brighton Royal Pavilion and South Asian dragons from the Southern Song dynasty dated 1244 by artist
Chinoiseriez. -Homage to the interior of the Brighton Royal Pavilion and South Asian dragons from the Southern Song dynasty dated 1244 by artist Chen Rong. Under the spell of Brighton Pavilion Chinoiserie. Fun ravenous dragons populate the sky over Brighton Town. They have escaped from the Royal Pavilion after many years of confinement in their gold cages. Woo hoo!! Freedom at last! Hurrah!

Chinoiseriez (1) size 594 x 841 mm. illustration excerpt


Chinoiseriez. The name of this artwork made by addition of the term chinoiserie and my surname Ez

Chinoiserie is a decorative style in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century, characterized by the use of Chinese motifs and techniques.

To illustrate the dragons I have researched the piece ‘Nine Dragons’ a handscroll painting by Chinese artist Chen Rong from 1244. Depicting the apparitions of dragons soaring amidst clouds, mists, whirlpools, rocky mountains and fire, the painting refers to the dynamic forces of nature in Daoism. The depicted dragons are associated with nine sons of the Dragon King, while the number nine itself is considered auspicious in Chinese astrology and folk beliefs.

Dragons Roll V-Cheng Rong
Dragons Roll Chen Rong (2) size 305 x 1240 mm. illustration Five Dragons and interpretation of Cheng Rong famous roll kept Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
alej ez Dragons Roll V-Alej ez
Dragons Roll Alej Ro (3) size 305 x 1240 mm. illustration Once I had completed the previous work I had gathered the knowledge and the courage to draw my own dragons. It has been a rewarding challenge.

Chinoiseriez. Studies.


Chinoiseriez. Studies.Previous work


Chinoiserie dragons Brighton pavilion domes (4) print size A4; 21×29.7cm, frame size 30x40cm. This dragon in particular was found at the banqueting room at the Brighton Pavilion, perched on a blue Spode porcelain, ormolu and wood pedestal lamp.


Chinoiserie dragons Brighton pavilion domes (5) print size A4; 21×29.7cm, frame size 30x40cm. On a few occasions that I have visited the pavilion it has always struck me that whilst outside is and Indian and Gothic palace, inside is a Chinese fantasy populated by dragons. There is no doubt this dragons if they had a say would prefer the open air!

ChinoiseriEZ - ochre wall- Alej ez XVII (1)


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