Category Archives: Music/Celebrity

And Now It’s Winter, Winter In America

This piece was inspired by the depression and disappointment I felt after the recent electons here in America. That our “democratic” country would elect such an ignorant, sexist, greedy, and racist man was extremely disillusioning. Trump is such a blustering bully and lacks the wisdom, experience or maturity needed to perform the task of a presidential leader.

At the same time the sad but wonderful Gil Scott-Heron song, “Winter In America” kept echoing in my head…

Title: “Winter In America”

Size: 16″ x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel

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Rock Star Ornaments, Bowie and Prince Xmas Tree Candy

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Rock Star Ornaments Rockin’ Around Your Christmas Tree

Just in time for the holidays, my David Bowie and Prince paintings are now handmade into star ornaments to honor your tree. Nothing like Ziggy’s face to brighten your day…

This year was a rough one for so many (in more than one way}, we will remember the greatness that was both of these rockers forever.

– To order on Etsy –

Link For: The Prettiest Star ( yes, a Black Star…) David Bowie

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Link For: The Purple One, Prince

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David Bowie’s Eyes Painted In Flowers

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David Bowie’s Eyes in Flowers

These two little paintings are in the upcoming exhibition “The Coaster Show” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, in Los Angeles. (For show info, click here.)

They are David Bowie’s unusual eyes, transposed on flowers – a carnation (which is Bowie’s birth flower for the month of January) and a gardenia (which is his wife Iman’s favorite flower.)

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The carnation symbolizes love, fascination and distinction.

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In an interview Iman shared, “I did not want to get involved with a rock star. No way. It is not a sane thing to do, but David changed my mind. He wooed me.” Shortly after their first meeting, Iman traveled to Paris.  When she arrived at her hotel room, it was filled with her favorite flower, gardenias, with a card from David.

Titles: “Carnation Eye” (Bowie’s right eye) and “Gardenia Eye” (Bowie’s left eye)

Sizes: 4″ x 4″

Medium: Gouache on upcycled coasters, varnished

(Note: These are not meant for actual use as coasters, but rather as art to be hung on the wall…)

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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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For David, With Love From Andy

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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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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

 

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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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Art Deck Playing Cards

I was asked to join a group on FaceBook composed of artists working on a deck of art playing cards. My journal portrait drawings quickly found themselves transformed into various playing cards for an upcoming art deck.

Here are two of them – hope you like.

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Title: Kurt Cobain, King of Hearts (The Suicide King)

Size: 8″ x 11″

Medium: Mixed Media, on paper

Bill Murray - Three of Clubs - Patrushka

Title: Bill Murray, Three of Clubs

Size: 8′ x 11″

Medium: Mixed Media, on paper

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Lady Patricia, A Portrait of Patti Smith

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“Armageddon, it’s gotten
No savior jailer can take it from me
World ending, it’s just beginning
And rock and roll is what I’m born to be
And it’s wild wild wild wild … “

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Title: Lady Patricia Lee Smith

A Patti Smith portrait – the wonderful poet, punk, and priestess of rock and roll.

Size: 12″ x 15″

Medium: Oil on wood

 

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Head Like A Heart

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“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”  ― Virginia Woolf

The Nine Inch Nails song “Head  Like A Hole” pounded through my brain while I painted this piece.

Title:  Head Like A Heart

Size: 12 x 16″

Medium: Gouache on Arches paper

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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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She’s Come Undone

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 Title:  She’s Come Undone

Inspiration: A vivid dream and the Guess Who’s song of the same name.

 Size:  14″ x 17″

  Medium:  Gouache On Wood

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The Passenger

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 Title:  The Passenger (Iggy Pop)

 Size:  10″ x 14″

  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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Exhibit News: Like A Tom Waits Song

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My painting of Tom Waits (as a geisha) will be on exhibit and available for sale in an upcoming show here in San Francisco. With all the artwork inspired by Tom Waits, the man and his music, this show should be excellent.

I am proud to report that “Troubadour” was selected for a Juror’s Choice Award!

The curator Andrea Schwartz had this to say:

“The painting entitled “Troubadour” by Patrushka, told the story so well of the Tom Waits song “Big in Japan”. The perfect quote from this song that related to the painting for me was “I’m big in Japan, I’m big in Japan, but heh I’m big in Japan”. In my opinion, the artist truly captured the mood of this song. “

Like A Tom Waits Song, National Juried Exhibition

Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 3rd 7-9 PM

 Exhibition: May 3 – June 21st, 2014

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Arc Gallery has produced an exhibition catalog for the show (left), full of all the wonderful art.

It is available for purchase, here.

This one-of-a-kind, unique exhibition will shine a bright dingy yellow spotlight on artwork in all media and all genres. It features the work of artists who have found themselves deeply moved, enraptured, bemused or inspired by Tom Waits and will be enjoyed by art and music lovers alike.

  

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Let Love Rule

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Title: Let Love Rule
  
Size: 16.5″ x 18.5″
  
Medium: Gouache on found wood, varnished.
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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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For Lou

 

Title: The Day of the Lou

An homage to Lou Reed, who died last week. Celebrating his musical inspirations for this Day of the Dead.

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Size: 9.5 x 12.5″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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Stravinsky and His Soldier’s Tale

Title: Igor’s Soldier’s Tale
Histoire du soldat (L’Histoire du soldat, translated as The Soldier’s Tale), composed by Igor Stravinsky, is a 1918 theatrical work which is based on aRussian folk tale, was written in French by the Swiss universalist writer C. F. Ramuz. It is a parable about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
 
Medium: Oil on wood
 
Size: 14 x 18″
 
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Title: Nureyev Awaits

This piece was done in homage to the dancer Rudolf Nureyev, for an AIDS benefit in Tacoma, Washington.

Soft Opening Exhibition: Friday, 10/12/12, at the Corina Bakery in Tacoma, located on So Fawcett St, next to The Grand Cinema.

Following this show, the pieces will be displayed at the Tacoma Art Museum during the 25th Anniversary gala event of the Pierce County Aids Foundation on 12/1/12, and sold by auction with all proceeds supporting the programs and services of Pierce County Aids Foundation.

Medium: Gouache on wood

Size: 11″ x 14″

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