May 15, 2018
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Chinoiserie is pronounced shēn-ˈwäz-rē, or at least I think so. Chinoiserie is a curious and persnickety sounding word based upon European interpretation (and imitation) of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theatre, and music. I have also heard it referred to as “Chinese-ish.” Certainly easier to pronounce.
Chinoiserie evokes various reactions and moods in people. It has been in style for centuries, and is not likely to fade away anytime soon. Chinese ginger jars, foo dogs and matching adornments can be acquired in many places, ranging from Hobby Lobby to exclusive auction houses such as Christi’s.
For me, chinoiserie intertwines well with my intuitive inclination of whimsy. I’m certainly not the only one...
I am an ardent fan and follower of Harrison Howard His whimsical masterpieces evoke trancelike appreciation from me. His mysterious world intertwines the peacefully beautiful and orderly Chinese aesthetic with starfish, seashells, seahorses and fairytale animals, all interacting in surreal and sometimes “outer space” type backdrops.
His ability to craft not only intriguing art but also compelling and vague mystery absolutely thrills me. As a lover of all things Chinoiserie, I look to Mr. Howard’s satire and great imagination for my own inspiration.
May 25, 2018
Well I had the pronunciation all wrong. I like the “Chinese-ish” better! I love a lot of their art work.
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