Category Archives: Geishas

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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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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The Geisha Known As Amelie

Geisha Amelia - Patrushka

“I like to look for things,  no one else catches…”

Title: The Geisha Known As Amelie

Inspired by the movie and  character of Amelie (as played by Audrey Tautou). Directed and written by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood

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Under My Umbrella

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Another Geisha for my ongoing series, this one is about umbrellas and the symbolic as well as physical, comforting protection they provide. Inspired by two songs – “Bus Stop” by The Hollies and  “Umbrella” by Rihanna.

Title: Under My Umbrella

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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Harajuku Geisha

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 Title:  Harajuku Geisha

( or the old meets the new…) Loosely based on Bjork as a muse.

 Size:  20″ x 24″

  Medium:  Oil On Wood

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The Geisha of Twin Peaks

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Title: The Geisha of Twin Peaks
Inspired by the character of Josie Packard, played by Joan Chen, on the Twin Peaks TV show, directed by David Lynch.
  
Size: 9.5″ x 14″
  
Medium: Gouache on a log slice, varnished.
  

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.”
(All works are for sale, and will be framed unless otherwise specified, please email me for info.)

  
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Big In Japan •

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Title: 
Big In Japan

Tom Waits, dressed as a geisha in front of his old stomping grounds in Los Angeles, The Troubadour.
 


 Medium: Gouache, watercolor on wood


 Size: 17″ x 21″


 

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The Day of the Geisha

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Title: The Day of the Geisha
Size: 19″ x 23″ oval
Medium: Oil on wood
 
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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.”

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SpiderWoman

Title: SpiderWoman, Another piece for my Geisha series.
(All works are for sale, please email me for info.)
Size: 20″ x 24″
Medium: Oil on wood Detail of her face, below…
  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.”

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The Milk of the Poppy

 

Title: The Milk of the Poppy

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.”

Size: 25″ x 43″, framed

Medium: Oil on wood

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The Thorn

 

 

Title: The Thorn

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.”

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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