Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ACEO Clown Portrait #45 "Annie Fratellini"

Clown #45 "Annie Fratellini", acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2018

Clown #45 is homage to French clown Annie Fratellini (1932 – 1997). She is the granddaughter of Paul Fratellini and wife of famous French clown Pierre Étaix. in 1974, Annie and Pierre set up the Annie Fratellini Circus School where she was its artistic director. The Fratellini Circus School was the first circus school in her native France, and has trained hundreds of performers worldwide, as well as inspiring numerous other circus schools — now over 200 in France. Both Annie and her school were an influence on the creators of the Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soliel.

Annie Fratellini

She was an unforgettable clown, with her round face like a white moon, and one of the world’s rare female concertina players, the little accordion of clowns. A tireless and generous communicator of knowledge, she made it possible for young people to enter the profession. She welcomed circus people in search of somewhere to rehearse and perform. She also founded the private Fratellini vocational Lycee [High School], a unique institution which trained its students for backstage circus jobs (erecting the Big Top, artist’s equipment – trapeze, high wire, apparatus – lighting, sound systems, carpentry, metalwork) while introducing them to the artistic disciplines.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

ACEO Clown Portrait #44 "Yoyo"

Clown #44 "Yoyo", acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2018

Clown #44 is homage to famous French clown "Yoyo" aka Pierre Étaix (1928- 2016), he was also actor, a cartoonist and film director who won an Oscar for his short film Heureux anniversaire (1962).

Etaix was born in 1928 in Roanne, in the Loire region of France. His childhood ambition was to become a clown, and so he studied music, dancing, gymnastics and magic. In 1953, he moved to Paris to work in cabarets and as a cartoonist. Pierre Étaix was a continuation of the great masters of slapstick and the comedy film the silent era such as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Max Linder, Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy. He was married with Annie Fratellini, the granddaughter of a famous clown and a member of the Fratellini circus family. Etaix and Annie founded the first circus school in France. 

"Yoyo" aka Pierre Étaix

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ACEO Clown Portrait #43 "Karcocha"

Clown #43 "Karcocha", acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2018

Clown #43 is inspired by a Chilean street performer called "Karcocha", a silent clown character looks like a modern harlequin created by Gerardo Castro. Karcocha is performing his fantastic street mime all over the world more than 2 decades. His performance begins spontaneously with full of imagination and people become part of his improvisational acting. He is absolutely genius clown artist. To see more about work in progress pictures of my ACEO Clown portraits visit my Patreon Page. If you enjoy my artworks please consider sponsoring my clown portraits project. May aim is to be able to create as many clowns portraits and try to bring a little attention to this disappearing beautiful art of clowning and to its hard worker clowns.

Karcocha