“Shelter” 35″ x 62″ oil on canvas © 2011 michael arcieri

two geishas

framed geisha

le’ studio


studio wall


geisha transition


geisha transition    48 x 30 inches     oil on canvas                                                  (inquire for availability)

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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Penguin on Tricycle


     Penguin on Tricycle                                                                                                14″x11″ oil on panel