In Honor Of Prince, The Purple One

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Sadly, our iconic rockers seem to be dropping like flies lately…

The death of Prince (Rogers Nelson) was a real shocker, especially falling on the heels of Bowie. I had to honor him with a Day Of The Dead tribute, complete with purple and paisleys. May he be dancing and strutting on that stage in the afterlife, there’s a party going on up there.

“Dearly beloved,
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life.

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The afterworld…”

 – Lyrics from “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince –

Title: “Prince, The Purple One”

Size: 14 x18″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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A Crazy Floral

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I had an urge to put my fingers to some collage, as it’s been quite awhile. This time I used only paper which I had painted myself, to ensure that the colors won’t fade as they might with found images from magazines. It was rather fun to return to my old love, am hoping to try some cityscapes with this technique in the future.

Title: “Crazy Floral”

Size: 12 x 12″

Medium: Collage on birch wood panel (acrylic painted on archival paper), varnished

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A Young Trunk In Marin

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Tree Art

Every so often we escape to the woods out near Marin, California, which we are lucky enough to live relatively close to. There are awesome huge Redwoods everywhere and mossy growth in the winter and spring. It’s very relaxing to just sit and do small studies and watercolors of nature’s little beauties. The velvet moss on the side of this young seedling caught my eye.

“Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree.
And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won’t you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree.”

 – Lyrics by Van Morrison –

Title: “Young Trunk” (a study)

Size: 7 x10″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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An Alley At Night In Florence, Italy

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After leaving a bar late one night during travels in Italy, I stumbled upon this alley with cool yellow lighting and a blue lit window. Had to capture this little piece of a cityscape the best I could.

Title: “Alley at Night, Florence, Italy”

Size: 14 x 18″

Medium: Acrylic painting

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For David, With Love From Andy

Hang Him On My Wall by Patrushka

Andy Warhol and David Bowie

This painting inspired by the art of Andy Warhol and David Bowie’s song about him. (lyrics below) Reportedly, David was super inspired by Andy’s art and I like to think that if Andy were alive he would have painted something along these lines for David. This is a large piece done in Warhol’s stencil portrait style.

In his 2003 interview with Performing Songwriter magazine, Bowie explained that he had not met Warhol when he wrote this song and he got an interesting reaction when he played it for him. Said Bowie: “I took the song to The Factory when I first came to America and played it to him, and he hated it. Loathed it. He went [imitates Warhol’s blasé manner] ‘Oh, uh-huh, okay…’ then just walked away (laughs). I was left there. Somebody came over and said, ‘Gee, Andy hated it.’ I said, ‘Sorry, it was meant to be a compliment.’ ‘Yeah, but you said things about him looking weird. Don’t you know that Andy has such a thing about how he looks? He’s got a skin disease and he really thinks that people kind of see that.’ I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ It didn’t go down very well, but I got to know him after that. It was my shoes that got him. That’s where we found something to talk about. They were these little yellow things with a strap across them, like girls’ shoes. He absolutely adored them. Then I found out that he used to do a lot of shoe designing when he was younger. He had a bit of a shoe fetishism. That kind of broke the ice. He was an odd guy.”

Andy Warhol

Like to take a cement fix
Be a standing cinema
Dress my friends up
just for show
See them as they really are
Put a peephole in my brain
Two New Pence to have a go
I’d like to be a gallery
Put you all inside my show

Andy Warhol looks a scream
Hang him on my wall
Andy Warhol, Silver Screen
Can’t tell them apart at all

Andy walking, Andy tired
Andy take a little snooze
Tie him up when he’s fast asleep
Send him on a pleasant cruise
When he wakes up on the sea
Be sure to think of me and you
He’ll think about paint
and he’ll think about glue
What a jolly boring thing to do

Title: “Hang Him On My Wall”

Size: 30′ x 40″

Medium: Enamel spray paint and hand cut stencil, on canvas

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EXHIBIT NEWS: This piece, along with my two other Bowie paintings here – ( We Are The Dead and Ghost ) – will be in a David Bowie art exhibit – “Starman, A David Bowie Tribute Show”  which opens on March 19, 2016, at 63 Bluxome St. Gallery in San Francisco. The show will be up until April 30th.

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David Bowie As A Ghost

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Another tribute to David Bowie, ghostly in his foxy kinda stance, surrounded by his beautiful lyrics of many colors. With selective passages and refrains from my favorite songs. (see detail, below)

EXHIBIT NEWS: This piece, along with my two other Bowie paintings here – ( We Are The Dead and Hang Him On My Wall ) – will be in a David Bowie art exhibit – “Starman, A David Bowie Tribute Show” “which opens on March 19, 2016 at 63 Bluxome St. Gallery in San Francisco.

“What I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts.” – David Bowie

Title: “Ghost”

Size: 16″ x 24″

Medium: Gouache on wood,  varnished

Bowie Ghost lyric detail by Patrushka

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Keith Richards, A Portrait

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I’d wanted to do a portrait of Keith Richard’s wonderfully craggy, lined face for a long time and his 72nd birthday finally prompted its completion. Keith is a great musician and out spoken character, whose music has influenced me through out my life. Reading his recent autobiography “Life” was pure joy and fascination, he seems to have that immortal gene, as he keeps on keepin’ on.

“It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.” – Keith Richards

Title: “For Keith, 72 And There’s So Much More…”

Size: 12″ x16″

Medium: Gouache on wood, with collage, varnished

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Mendocino Coast

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A nature study of the Northern California coastline in Mendocino county, one of our favorite places for a short getaway. The 1969 song (below) always pops in my head as we drive through the area and seems to echo there during our stay…

“Please don’t move
Please stay in my love house by the river.
Fast talkin’ guys with strange red eyes
Have put things in your head

And started your mind to wonderin’
I love you so, please don’t go
Please stay here with me in Mendocino.
Mendocino, Mendocino,

Where life’s such a groove
You blow your mind in the morning.
We used to walk through the park,
Make love along the way in Mendocino.”  

–  Sir Douglas Quintet –

Title: “Mendocino”

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on Arches paper

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Truck Stop

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A piece for my “Once We Were Here…” series, a beautifully forgotten truck stop, overgrown by the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere.

‘Til almost mysteriously
Well, it was the lights of a truck stop that rolled into sight
Joe turned to me, said ‘I’m sorry son, but I’m afraid this is just as far as you go, you see
You see, I kinda gotta be making a turn just up the road a piece’
I’ll be damned if he didn’t toss me a dime as he threw her in low and said
‘Go on in there son, and get yourself a hot cup of coffee on Big Joe’
I mean to tell you, when Joe and his rig pulled off into the night
Man, in nothing flat they was clean outta sight –  
Tom Waits, Big Joe And Phantom 309

Title: “Truck Stop”

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Gouache on Arches paper

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Frida Kahlo As A Geisha

Frida Geisha by Patrushka

A Frida Kahlo as a geisha,  adorned and embellished with the botanical trappings she so loved. The character on her forehead reads “flower” and thorny curvy entanglements hang from her ears. A beautiful aloe plant spikes up in the foreground.

“I paint flowers so they will not die…”

– Frida Kahlo –

Many of Kahlo’s iconic self-portraits include imagery of foliage and flowers from her garden. In addition to her traditional Mexican clothing and jewelry made from shells, stones or bones, as well as her pet birds and monkeys, she frequently incorporated plants like “elephant-ear” leaves from the aroid (Araceae) family and white-haired “old-man cactus” (viejo), or other cacti and an assortment of flowers.

This is for my ongoing Geisha series, based on the premise – that the most literal translation of geisha into English would be “artist,” “performing artist,” or “artisan.”

Title: “Frida Geisha”

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Oil on wood

Frida Geisha Detail by Patrushka

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Heartstrings

Heartstrings by Patrushka

“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
– Audrey Hepburn –

Title: “Heartstrings”

Size: 10″ x 10″

Medium: Graphite on paper

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A Dress On A Clothesline

Clothesline by Patrushka

A new piece for my ongoing “Once We Were Here…” series, this piece asks questions of our future within a parched environment. Will we still have water to drink, much less to wash our clothes? Will women still have party dresses?  Was this dress left by someone long ago, now departed from our earth?

“Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming?”  

  Sylvia Plath  –

Title: “Clothesline”

Size: 8″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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Just Deserts For O.J. Simpson

For Nicole, Just Deserts - Patrushka

O.J. Simpson murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and this is a vengeful fantasy completed in memory of her. O.J. was never convicted or punished for the crime – due to massive corruption and ineptitude on the part of the LA prosecutors and police. Not to mention the high-profile lawyers that O.J. could afford to hire and the fact that the whole trial was twisted into a “race” issue.

In my artwork, Nicole gets a little bit of justice and uses O.J. as the dartboard, turning the tables on her reality as a battered (and finally murdered) wife. Hence, O.J. finally gets his just deserts…  Based on the mug shot taken by the Los Angeles police, 1994.

This is another piece for my “Hunters and Hunted” series – depicting the emotional trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence, the victims and the perpetrators. The “Hunters” are all black and white scratchboard, while the “Hunted” are painted in color, usually gouache or oil on wood.

Title: “For Nicole, Just Deserts”

Size: 8″ x 10″

Medium: Clayboard, scratchboard

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Adaptation

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This piece was inspired by nature’s ability to adapt, especially through camouflage. Camouflage increases an organism’s chance of survival by hiding it from predators. How will humanity adapt as our own world crumbles around us?

“It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”   –  Charles Darwin

Title: “Camouflage”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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The Trees Have Eyes

Trees Have Eyes - Patrushka

A pen and ink musing on the surreal nature of trees and their “eyes” – the markings on tree bark trunks which suggest human eyes.

Eyes on the forest, not on the trees.”   ― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Title: “The Trees Have Eyes”

Size: 12″ x 14″

Medium: Pen and ink, gouache,  Arches paper

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A Beautiful David Bowie, The One and Only

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My humble portrait homage to the late and great ultimate artist David Bowie, who rocked our world and changed our culture forever. Expressing feelings of his love and our love; inspired by The Day of The Dead blessings and his song “We Are The Dead”. The floral motif is Japanese inspired because Bowie had a love their aesthetics.

Something kind of hit me today
I looked at you and wondered if you saw things my way

People will hold us to blame
It hit me today, it hit me today

We’re taking it hard all the time
Why don’t we pass it by?
Just reply, you’ve changed your mind
We’re fighting with the eyes of the blind
Taking it hard, taking it hard…

Title: “We Are The Dead” – A Day of the Dead tribute

Sizes: 20″ x 24″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

 

Beautiful Bowie by Patrushka detail

 

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Portrait Art: The Man Who Loved The Brain

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Portrait Art

This is a commissioned portrait of a wonderful man who is inspired (and somewhat obsessed) by the brain and all it’s influences over humanity.  The new research on the brain, it’s connections to mental disorders and behaviors are just some of the aspects represented here by electric tentacles of synapses and neurons. Personal favorites of his are also depicted and incorporated – he loved the colors blue and green and his favorite flower is the sunflower.

 

Title: “The Man Who Loved The Brain”

Size: 24″ x 30″

Medium: Oil on wood, varnished

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Travel Art – Joshua Tree and Hanalei

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Original Travel Art

Vintage trailers are the bomb and this one sits glowing in the beautiful desert of Joshua Tree National Park, which holds a very special place in my heart.

“Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light.”
Joyce Carol Oates

This art is for the “Wanderlust” exhibition (all travel inspired postcard art), which opens this weekend, Dec. 12th, in San Francisco. Both pieces are framed and will be for sale. Info Here.

Below, is a second piece for the show, inspired by another favorite place, the spectacular Hanalei Bay in Hawaii.

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.”
Paul Theroux

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Titles: “Joshua Tree” and “Hanalei Moon”

Sizes: 4″ x 6″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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From The Deep Sea: Jellyfish Art

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Lately, I have been becoming obsessed with the creatures found in the deepest parts of our oceans, glowing and other-worldly they fascinate and inspire me with their ghostly amorphous forms. This jellyfish art is the first painting of even more undersea critters I hope to paint.

“The real world is in a much darker and deeper place than this, and most of it is occupied by jellyfish and things. We just happen to to forget all that. Don’t you agree? Two-thirds of earth’s surface is ocean, and all we can see with the naked eye is the surface: the skin.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Title: “Deep Sea Jellyfish”

Size: 6.5″ x 7″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on wood, varnished

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For Celia Cruz: On The Day of the Dead

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A  Day Of The Dead tribute to the incredible Celia Cruz, well-known as the queen of salsa. She was a Cuban salsa singer and performer. One of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

She is decked out in full regalia with a classic Day Of The Dead headdress. The Day of the Dead is a festive holiday celebrated in Mexico and other parts of the world during November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

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Title: “Ode To Celia”

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on wood, varnished

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Ye Olde Pumpkin of Halloween Past

Ye Olde Pumpkin - Patrushka Art

An old pumpkin sits forgotten and rotting from a Halloween past, in an abandoned house.

Part of my “Once, We Were Here…” series – Composed of past memories, deserted and abandoned places and possible glimpses into a future world void of humans.

Title: Halloween, Once We Were Here

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache/watercolor on Arches paper

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In The Blue Woods

Rocking Chair - Patrushka Art

This rocking chair holds many memories as all rocking chairs usually do. Forgotten in the thick blue woods, it holds many a tale to tell…

This is another painting for my ongoing series of abandoned places and things, lost memories from our human existence – Once, We Were Here….

Title: The Rocking Chair

Size: 22″ x 18.5″ (framed)

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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The Little Man – Twin Peaks Art

Twin Peaks Art - Dance - Patrushka

Being a lover of the Twin Peaks TV show and almost all things David Lynch related, I just had to add this little guy to my series of other Twin Peaks art works. The Man from Another Place is played by actor Michael J. Anderson and he stole many scenes. The three-and-a-half-foot-tall American actor is often referred to as the ‘dwarf from Twin Peaks’. His height is due to a bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. This image is taken from his exceptionally surreal and dream-like dance – jazz fingers a snappin’ and talking backwards, as he swivels across the floor. . .

The Man From another Place: [talking backwards; subtitled] –

“I’ve got good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style.”

 

Title: Dance of the Little Man

Size: 5″ wide  x 5.25″ tall x 1 “thick

Medium: Gouache on a real log slice, varnished, (no frame needed!)

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Where Have All The Drive-Ins Gone?

The Drive-In - Patrushka

Remember going to drive-in movies as a kid? If you don’t – you missed out. Over the years I’ve seen them all falling into obsolescence, flashes of forgotten memories by the side of the road. Their funky vintage signage and entrances broken and overgrown or worse yet, being torn down for other uses. This is proof that once we were here, an homage to the drive-in.

Title: The Drive-In

Size: 7″ x 10″

Medium: Gouache, watercolor

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Geisha Circus


Geisha Circus - Patrushka

Title: Geisha Circus

Size: 8′ x 11″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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This is another piece for my ongoing Geisha art series.

Inspired by my love of the vintage and especially old time circus aesthetics. These two women are partners in performance and possibly in other ways – seductively masked, dressed in fine muslin, posing with their magic wands.

Geisha – The word consists of two kanji, 芸 (gei) meaning “art” and 者 (sha) meaning “person” or “doer”. The most literal translation of geisha into English would be “artist,” “performing artist,” or “artisan.”

Geisha Art Circus -detail- Patrushka

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