Saturday, July 25, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #176 "Holala" aka Laurence Quetel

Clown #176 "Holala" aka Laurence Quetel
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown portrait #176 is inspired by an amazing French clown "Holala" aka Laurence Quetel located in Eindhoven, Netherlands. She is Chief Clown Officer at Clown Inside, Docent at Stichting miMakkus and She works at the Cliniclowns Foundation in the Netherlands and in Belgium. She has broad experience as a player in hospitals, residential and care centers, nursing homes and with children with intellectual or multiple disabilities. She has been followed numerous courses in clowning, street theater, mime, dance, musical expression and personal growth and she thinks becoming a clown is an endless path, She continue following new courses every year. See her fb page for events. 

"Holala" is performing online for the kids. June 2020

painting in progress

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

ACEO Clown portrait #175 "Sergej Maslennikov"

Clown #175  "Sergej Maslennikov"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown portrait #175 is a homage to very talented and unique clown of famous Roncalli Circus "Sergej Maslennikov". Sadly he passed away recently, R.I.P :( Sergej was a juggler, actor and he had an excellent sense of humor. He moved from St. Petersburg to Germany in 1993, he already had a good career as an artist: juggler in the St. Petersburg Circus, graduation from the state drama school, tour with its drama group through Europe, member of the St. Petersburg clown ensemble. Once in an interview he told about how he become a clown such as "I'm not a clown and I don't know what clowning is (laughs). I grew up in the village of Derschiwka near Gorki (Russia). I learned juggling and went bad at school because I really wanted to perform. When I got bored, I moved to Leningrad (later St. Petersburg). I graduated from the State Institute for Theater, Music and Cinematography there. Even now, I'm not a clown, I'm an actor. At Roncalli, I play the crazy prop, who plays tricks." 

"Sergej Maslennikov"

work in progress

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #174 "Dr. Chester Drawers"

Clown #174  "Dr. Chester Drawers"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020
SOLD

ACEO Clown portrait #174 is inspired by a wonderful clown "Dr. Chester Drawers" aka Leo Desilets from Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. Leo Desilets has been performing as a clown, magician, and balloon artist for over 25 years. He has trained with Master Teachers: Tony Montenaro, David Shiner, Bill Irwin, Barry Lubin, Dick Monday, Michael Christensen, Ami Hattab, Avner Eisenberg, Julie Goell, Bob E. Thomas, Chris Bayes, and Frosty Little. His performancs have taken him across the United States and Europe. In 2005 Leo was named Clown of the Year by the BIG APPLE CIRCUS CLOWN CARE program. In 1997 he was awarded The Golden Nose Award by the Northeast Clown Association.

For the last 20 years Leo has been known as "Dr. Chester Drawers", administering healing through humor,for the BIG APPLE CIRCUS CLOWN CARE program located at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Now performing with Healthy Humor.

"Dr. Chester Drawers"

work in progress

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

ACEO Clown Portraits #172 & #173 "Hayley Everitt" & "Tommy Murray"


ACEO Clown Portraits #172 & #173  "Hayley Everitt" & "Tommy Murray"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO portraits  #172 & #173 are inspired by young and fantastic clown duo "Hayley Everitt" & "Tommy Murray" .

Hayley Everitt is young and very sympathetic UK based clown and actor. Hayley studied BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College where she first found her love of clown. The idea of being mischeiveious and getting away with it was the feeling that would open many ideas in the future, regarding the art of clown. During her studies she worked with Angela De Castro, Kerry Norman, Barry Grantham, Jon Davison, Sophie Powell and many more. Since then she has been devising with her partner in crime Tommy Murray with their theatre company Theatre85 and have been creating their way into the clown world with their clownversations- their blog called FoolsTalk, interviewing clowns worldwide. @Theatre85LIVE 

Tommy Murray is young and very talented UK based singer-actor with a strength in physical comedy and clowning. He studied at Rose Bruford College and has explored clown with Sophie Powell, Jon Davison, Mage Arnal more - he is always learning and growing as a creative clown artist. His personal clowning highlights include performing at the Cabaret Lecoq in Barcelona and The Joker on Penton Street, not far from the grave of Grimaldi. His stage persona has been compared to Mr. Bean, Jim Carrey and Mark Heap - all people he admires. He has always loved the work of Charlie Chaplin which he found through his grandad's love of Laurel and Hardy. He has developed solo clown characters and the groundwork for setting up the UK-Spain based physical theatre company - Theatre85 which he currently performs with his clown/actress partner Hayley Everitt together they have published an ongoing clown blog Foolstalk www.theatre85.co.uk/blog hoping to continue international clownversations. 


"Hayley Everitt" & "Tommy Murray"

work in progress 

work in progress 

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #171 "Dr. Bafu"

Clown #171  "Dr. Bafu"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #171 is inspired by another wonderful hospital clown "Dr. Bafu" aka Jeff Smithson from Rock, Michigan, US. With certificates from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and a B.A. in Religion Jeff blends clown, creativity and compassion into performances and workshops that focus on physicality and fun. Jeff has appeared on a multitude of traditional and non-traditional stages.  For 14 years, he worked with kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses as part of The Big Apple Circus Clown Care program and Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: Hospital Outreach Program. Jeff has partnered with Performance of a Lifetime and Tape Art in order to share his methods with both the Corporate World and the Medical community. He is also performing with Laughter League since 2016.

Dr. Bafu at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

work in progress

Monday, May 25, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #170 "Dr. Quack"

Clown #170  "Dr. Quack"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #170 is inspired by a marvelous hospital clown "Dr. Quack" aka Grainger Esch from Fort Worth, Texas, US.  Grainger Esch graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He has been clowned with The Greatest Show on Earth, and has been featured in tv, film, and circuses worldwide, notably as Stan Laurel at Universal Studios Hollywood and in Universal’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Grainger managed the Salado Silver Spur Theater and the Silver Spur Arts Academy and was on the volunteer Fire Department. He loves working with the Laughter League at Cook Children’s Medical Center in his hometown, Fort Worth.

Dr Quack and the Mr. turtle.

work in progress

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