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Geisha-Woman Of Art.

Acrylic paint on 2 sheets of 18"x24" plexiglass on top of 2 sheets of 24"x32" plexiglass. Date: July 2020.







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The Story Of This Painting.

Elegance, etiquette and grace are some of the halmarks of geisha. The exact same qualities I remember my grandmother had. Living with my grandparents during my formative years I was surrounded by asian art and artifacts. Though my grandmother was not asian she loved the asian aesthetic. To this day I have warm memories of my grandmother whenever I am surrounded by asian art.

The most literal translation of "geisha" in English is "artist", "performing artist" or "artisan". A second translation in the Kyoto dialect spoken by geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan is "woman of art".

Geisha are not the Eastern equivalent of a prostitute. Courtesans (oiran), and other Japanese sex workers have an appearance similar to that of geisha. Geisha are female Japanese entertainers who perform traditional dance and song. They are easily recognized by the kimono and white opaque powder makeup called oshiroi that they wear.

oshiroi

The flower-decorated ornamental hairpins that geisha wear are called hana kanzashi and change with the season.

hana kanzashi

07/26/20

Here is a short 1 min video that shows the 3D kinetic aspects of this painting.