Birth of Geisha Venus


Kathleen Dobrowsky

The woodcut of the Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika, The Great Wave, and the painting by Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, inspired this digital painting. In this painting I have combined the eastern iconic image of The Great Wave with the western iconic image of the Birth of Venus, but with a twist. In my painting I have given Venus a traditional Geisha look and added some fans for modesty. Digital painting allows for a considerable amount of detail which you can see if you zoom in on the fans and hair ornaments and you never lose the sharpness and clarity of the image. I use the digital medium because it is fluid and free flowing allowing me to create images through a series of maneuvers, juxtapositions and layers to tell a story in the moment. This painting consists of about 25 different layers, the Geisha face alone is five different layers. When all the layers are combined you get the complete picture. I like that the wave is a symbol of life’s unpredictability, and who would expect the birth of Geisha Venus.
20 inches x 16 inches x .5 inch about 2 lbs.
Digital print on archival paper

20インチ x 16インチ x 0.5インチ 約2ポンド.