This is my second paint for the new year of 2020, I’ve gone back to my Asian heritage and one of my fave subjects to paint is “Geisha”. It’s a subject that’s sounded with mystery and tradition. There keep coming back as I can’t stop painting them as there so much class and pose about these ladies. I learned new technique’s in doing this painting. there’s a mixture of Acrylics, gold leaf and resin which I painted on in certain areas to lift the colour’s to give a 3-D effect. To give a patina effect, I glued gold leaf sheets in the areas I wanted and let them dried and then with a dry brush, rubbed the top surface to take away some of the gold leaf to show underneath. This will be available for sale on my website on www.singaart.co.uk. Please see below the history of Geisha:
Historically, geisha often began the earliest stages of their training at a very young age, sometimes as early as 6 years old. The early Shikomi (in-training) and Minarai (learns by watching) stages of geisha training lasted for years (shikomi) and months (minarai) respectively, which is significantly longer than in contemporary times.
The geisha who worked within the pleasure quarters were strictly forbidden from selling sex in order to protect the business of the oiran who held high status in society at the time. Geisha were forbidden from wearing particularly flashy hairpins or kimono, and if an oiran accused a geisha of stealing her customers and business, an official enquiry would be opened and an investigation held.]. At times, geisha found themselves affected by various pleasure quarter reforms that confined them to various areas in society, such as Shimabara in Tokyo, though this was not constant.
By 1800, being a geisha was understood to be a female occupation (though a handful of male geishas still work today). Whilst licensed courtesans existed to meet the sexual needs of men, machi geisha (town geisha) began to carve out a separate niche as artists and erudite, worldly female companions. The introduction of various edicts on dress in the 1720s onwards, coupled with the rise of iki saw geisha enjoy a rise in popularity. Eventually, the gaudy oiran began to fall out of fashion, becoming less popular than the chic modern geisha; this was a trend that continued until the eradication of legal prostitution in Japan.
By the 1830s, geisha was considered some of the leaders of fashion and style in Japanese society, and were emulated by women at the time. Many trends that geisha started became widely popular and continue to this day; the wearing of haori by women, for example, was begun by geisha in the Tokyo hanamachi of Fukugawa in the early 1800s.
There were many different classifications and ranks of geisha, not all of them formally recognised. Some geisha would have sex with their male customers, whereas others would not. Various terms arose to describe the distinctions; kuruwa geisha, for example, described geisha who slept with customers as well as entertaining with their skills in the performing arts. This differed from yujō (prostitute) and jorō (whore), who only slept with customers, and from machi geisha, who were exclusively entertainers (though some machi geisha still slept with the men they entertained).
Dimensions: Height: 70CM (28″) Width 50CM (20″) Depth: 4CM (1.5″)
Materials: Acrylics, gold leaf, Swarovski crystals, resin