Black Spiky-Haired Geisha and Bent 'Topper'

© the Estate of Pat Douthwaite. All rights reserved. DACS 2024. Image credit: NHS Lothian Charity – Tonic Collection

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Pat Douthwaite had been a controversial figure on the Scottish Art Scene for more than thirty years before she came to Peacock in the late '80s to produce a suite of lithographs. Originally studying movement, mime and dance with Margaret Morris, she was encouraged to paint by Morris' husband, J. D. Ferguson. She came to work on the 'Apples Kabuki' suite of lithographs during 1988. These very graphic prints influenced by traditional Japanese theatre hark back to Douthwaite's own dance training and the works capture the state of exaggerated costume and extreme theatre. The suite travels from very calm, beautiful portraits of kimono-clad women playing tennis to powerful, quite gruesome images of skulls and scarred victims, all resplendent in patterned finery and accompanied by birds and small cat-like animals.

NHS Lothian Charity – Tonic Collection



Black Spiky-Haired Geisha and Bent 'Topper'




lithograph on paper


H 76 x W 56.5 cm

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acquired, 2021

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