Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Chinoiserie Murals of Michael Dillon


These stunning murals and decorative painting are the work of Irish artist Michael Dillon. His commissions include fantasy murals, historical decorations, trompe l'oeil, furniture, and luxury packaging. He has done commissions around the world including North America, the West Indies, Africa, France, Spain, England, and Ireland. If you have been to London, you may have seen his work at the Fountain Restaurant and Food Hall at Fortnum & Mason. He particularly enjoys combining people, animals, landscapes, and architecture in "Excursions into Fantasy."I of course am especially drawn to his Chinoiserie work some of which is pictured here. Learn more about him here.













20 comments:

  1. how could one ever move from a house decorated with a mural like this?! i am especially enamored of the last one with the koi and lotus pads!

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  2. Michael's work is stunning, Beth! Thank you for the introduction - I especially love the deep blue and white.

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  3. This must your vision/version of heaven. I agree that the blue and white hallway makes me feel like I am one with Blue Canton. Amazing!

    Also, you might be interested in the art of North Caroline artist Page Laughlin. Her newest work seems to have your chinoiserie slant. Her approach to painting is, to my eye, staggeringly beautiful. And, at Steampunk Home, there is a post on using prints as wallpaper as you had advocated in the past. I think the $3- 4000 price tag might sends us all off to buy wallpaper paste and a good neck support!

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  4. you are singing my song! Incredible work!!

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  5. It's astonishing that anyone can be so talented! Absolutely beautiful...

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  6. Kitty-You wouldn't have to worry about anything eating these koi.

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  7. Anne-Glad you enjoyed it. I love the blue and white too.

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  8. Home Before Dark-Thanks for the head's up on Page Laughlin. Her piece Chinaman is stunning. As for the decoupage, I have a powder room off my laundry room I plan to try this on. It will look just the same for about $50.

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  9. Theresa-I knew you would love this.

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  10. Gorgeous! The blue and white ceiling is my favorite.

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  11. All are fabulous, but the first one is divine. What a flight of fancy to sit and the morning paper in or have a cup of coffee! Lovely.

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  12. Averill-Amazing juxtaposition of the wood paneled walls with the painted ceiling.

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  13. Sanity Fair-I would hate to choose-I'll take them all.

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  14. These murals are not only beautifully executed, but they really suit the spaces where they were placed. They have terrific colors and show a lot of imagination.

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  15. Harrison-I wish you showed some of your murals on your website.

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  16. Love the blue and white painted ceiling! I noticed your vignette over on Annechovie. I have the same green latern. Random Harvest?

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  17. Michele-Yes-one of my favorite stores.

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