Category Archives: Oil

For Kitty Genovese

Catherine Susan "Kitty" Genovese

A portrait homage of Catherine Susan “Kitty” Genovese – for my ongoing “Hunted and Hunters” series.

Kitty was stalked, raped and killed by Winston Moseley in a prolonged knife attack in New York in 1964 while neighbors failed to act on her desperate cries for help — a nightmarish tableau that came to symbolize urban apathy in America.

“For more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens. Twice the sound of their voices and the sudden glow of their bedroom lights interrupted him and frightened him off. Each time he returned, sought her out and stabbed her again. Not one person telephoned the police during the assault; one witness called after the woman was dead.”

“I didn’t want to get involved,” a witness said, using a phrase that was thought to encapsulate the age.

Title:  “For Kitty”

Size: 11″ x 14″

Medium: Oil on wood panel

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A Day of the Dead Family Portrait

Recently I was commissioned to do a “Day Of The Dead” family portrait and I couldn’t have enjoyed painting these beautiful beings anymore than I did. I love working on commissioned portraits – it brings me back into contact with everyday humanity.

Title: A Day of the Dead Family

Sizes: 20″ x 27″

Medium: Oil on wood

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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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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

 Man Who Loved the Brain - Patrushka 600-framed

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Amphitrite, A Sea Goddess

Hiding In The Kelp - Patrushka 

Title: Hiding In The Kelp

Size: 14.5″ x 18.5″

Medium: Oil on wood panel, antique gold frame

My red headed version of a sea goddess.

In ancient Greek mythology, Amphitrite  was a sea-goddess and wife of Poseidon. Some say she was one of the fifty Nereides, others an Okeanis, but most simply describe her as the female personification of the sea: the mother of fish, seals and dolphins. When Poseidon first sought Amphitrite’s hand in marriage, she fled his advances, and hid herself away near Atlas in the Ocean stream at the far ends of the earth. The dolphin-god Delphin eventually tracked her down and persuaded her to return to wed the sea-king.

Amphitrite, A Sea Goddess - Patrushka

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Lady Patricia, A Portrait of Patti Smith

Lady Patricia (Patti Smith) - Patrushka

 

“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

 

Patti Smith portrait- detail-Patrushka

Lady Patricia- Pattti Smith - framed 12 by Patrushka

 

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Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

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Title: Khaleesi

Inspired by Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen from The Game of Thrones.

Also known as:  the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

 Size: 27″ x 31″ (framed)

  Medium: Oil on wood

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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 Day of the Geisha

 The Day Of The Geisha - Patrushka
 
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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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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Saint Laura

Title: Saint Laura, of the Order of the Twin Peaks

(Laura Palmer)

Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The series follows the investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper of the murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer. She was found dead, wrapped in plastic.

Medium: Oil on wood

Size: 20″ x 19″

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Title: Lillith, a Goddess of the Moon

LILITH/LILITHU (Hebrew, Babylonia, Sumeria): Moon Goddess; the patroness of witches; female principle of the universe; demon goddess to the Jews and Christians. Her sacred bird was the owl. Her name may have come from the Sumerio-Babylonian goddess Belit-ili or Belili. A tablet from Ur, about 2,000 BCE, mentions the name Lillake. Protectress of all pregnant women, mothers, and children. Wisdom, regeneration, enticing sorcery, feminine allure, erotic dreams, forbidden delights, the dangerous seductive qualities of the Moon.

Medium: Oil on wood

Size: 16″ x 20″

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