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.
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!