Walking Geisha exits:


two geishas

framed geisha

le’ studio

studio wall


walking geisha

Geisha are artists preserving the traditional music, dance and literature of feudal Japan. The literal translation of the word “geisha” is “arts person”. Since Japan opened to the West, the vision of the painted, kimono-clad woman has warranted fascination. Her singular appearance and esoteric lifestyle are unlike any other. To the nineteenth century Victorian mind, the geisha was possibly the most intriguing aspect of a newly encountered country. To this day, the concept and the art of the geisha remain great mysteries of Japanese culture. The idea of a mistress or prostitute was well ingrained in Western society, but the notion of a woman dedicating her life to learning various and sophisticated cultural practices, and using them for the sole purpose of entertaining and pleasuring a man, (without sex), was hard to fathom. Geisha came to epitomize the exotic East.          – S. B. Burns, MD


walking geisha    50 x 32 inches   graphite on paper                                                (inquire for availability)

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In the studio:


Mythology is a system of images that endows the mind and the sentiments with a sense of participation in a field of meaning. The different mythologies define the possible meanings of a person’s experience in terms of the knowledge of the historical period,  as well as the psychological impact of this knowledge diffused through sociological structures on the complex and psychosomatic system known as the human being. – Joseph Campbell


Detail of  “Birth of Enlightenment ”78” x 36” acrylic and oil on canvas © 2010 Michael Arcieri

A tedious painting technique that when viewed, the painting disorientates the optic nerve creating a sensation of vertigo or similar effect; for instance excessive alcohol consumption or substance abuse.