Category Archives: Portraits

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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Winston Moseley, A Hunter

Winston Moseley by Patrushka

Winston Moseley, who stalked, raped and killed Kitty Genovese 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.

While at Attica Correctional Facility, in 1968, he escaped while on a hospital visit to Buffalo, raped a woman and held hostages at gunpoint before being recaptured. A psychopathic serial killer and necrophiliac, he died on March 28, 2016 at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. He had been imprisoned for almost 52 years, since July 7, 1964.

This piece is another from my ongoing series – The “Hunters and The Hunted”  artworks designed to call attention to the ongoing physical and mental abuse towards women in our society.

Title:  “A Hunter, Winston Moseley”

Size: 7″ x 9″

Medium: Scratchboard

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Not My President

On Donald Trump

“It is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation.” 

 “Those who oppose the new president’s reckless and heartless agenda must make their voices heard.” –  Los Angeles Times

Title: “Not My President”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Clay board, scratchboard

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A Wednesday Addams Day of the Dead

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Wednesday Addams

As a youngster, the original Addams Family was one of my favorite shows on TV – I wanted to grow up to be the beautiful Morticia all sleek in her spider dress and darkly sarcastic. When they made the newer movie with Christina Ricci cast as Wednesday, I thought she nailed the part as no one else could have. And she has such great character to her face with that long forehead and those round deep eyes, that she begged to be painted.

 Title: “Wednesday of the Dead”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

Wednesday Addams by Patrushka detail

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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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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

david bowie ornament by patrushka

 

Link For: The Purple One, Prince

prince ornament by patrushka

 

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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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An American Girl

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An American Girl

Feeling a little of the red, white and blue inspiration on this one, for the 4th of July.

I am not much of a nationalist or one to expound patriotism, these concepts seem only to divide people, much like harping on different races. We are all one and should embrace ways to unity. The pensive expression on my girl and the way she looks off to the side in thought – may imply she is not so happy with the state of America lately and hopes for a better future.

However, I do love Tom Petty, fireworks, barbecues and the festive colors of flags.

“Well she was an American girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’ that there
Was a little more to life
Somewhere else…”

Title: “An American Girl”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

American Girl by Patrushka detail

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Sylvia Plath and The Bell Jar

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A Portrait of Sylvia Plath in her Bell Jar

This is an homage to Sylvia Plath, her poetry, her life and her novel – The Bell Jar.

The following excerpts from SparkNotes, expound nicely on the tale and the symbolism:

“It tells the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, but it does not follow the usual trajectory of adolescent development into adulthood. Instead of undergoing a progressive education in the ways of the world, culminating in an entrance into adulthood, Esther regresses into madness. Experiences intended to be life-changing in a positive sense—Esther’s first time in New York City, her first marriage proposal, her success in college—are upsetting and disorienting to her. Instead of finding new meaning in living, Esther wants to die. As she slowly recovers from her suicide attempt, she aspires simply to survive.

Esther observes a gap between what society says she should experience and what she does experience, and this gap intensifies her madness. Society expects women of Esther’s age and station to act cheerful, flexible, and confident, and Esther feels she must repress her natural gloom, cynicism, and dark humor. She feels she cannot discuss or think about the dark spots in life that plague her: personal failure, suffering, and death. She knows the world of fashion she inhabits in New York should make her feel glamorous and happy, but she finds it filled with poison, drunkenness, and violence. Her relationships with men are supposed to be romantic and meaningful, but they are marked by misunderstanding, distrust, and brutality. Esther almost continuously feels that her reactions are wrong, or that she is the only one to view the world as she does, and eventually she begins to feel a sense of unreality. This sense of unreality grows until it becomes unbearable, and attempted suicide and madness follow.”

The bell jar is an inverted glass jar, generally used to display an object of scientific curiosity, contain a certain kind of gas, or maintain a vacuum. For Esther, the bell jar symbolizes madness.  The beating heart symbolizes this bodily desire for life. When she tries to drown herself, her heart beats, “I am I am I am.” The tulip/eyes are inspired by her poem “Tulips”, here.

Title: “The Bell Jar”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Clayboard or scratchboard

The Belljar Sylvia Plath - by Patrushka detail

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Kut Cobain - King of Hearts - Patrushka

 

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

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

 

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Lady Patricia- Pattti Smith - framed 12 by 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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Lady Agatha

Lady Agatha - Patrushka

Meet Agatha (played by Saoirse Ronan) from the film – The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I loved her character in the movie and all the directorial works of Wes Anderson.

I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she’s exceedingly lovely.  – Quote from the film, by M. Gustave

Title: Lady Agatha

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood panel, varnished

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The Lady Of The Ayahuasca

Isaura, Lady Of The Ayahuasca

This is a commissioned portrait with some of the subject’s personal elements woven in, such as pink roses which are her favorite flowers, etc.  It was fun to play with her spiritual side within the paint and wood grain.

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”   ― C.G. Jung

Title:  Isaura, Lady Of The Ayahuasca

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Oil on wood

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Lady Evelyn

Lady Evelyn - Patrushka

A watercolor study based on Evelyn Nesbit, a popular American chorus girl and artists’ model.

In the early part of the 20th century, the figure and face of Evelyn Nesbit was everywhere, appearing in mass circulation newspaper and magazine advertisements, on souvenir items and calendars, making her a cultural celebrity.  She attracted the attention of the then 47-year-old architect and New York socialite Stanford White, who became her lover and dedicated benefactor. Nesbit achieved world-wide notoriety when her jealous husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906, leading to what the press would call “The Trial of the Century”.

Title: Lady Evelyn

Size: 12″ x 16″

Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

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