Friday, October 23, 2020



ACEO clown #183 is inspired by a very unique and talented clown Leo Acton originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin and now located in Saint Augustine Florida, US. Leo Acton graduated Ringling Clown College in 1996 and toured with both the Red and Blue Units before appearing with shows such as Circus Gatti, Loomis Bros., and Culpepper, which he has been on for several years on tour with the Culpepper Merriweather Circus. See his insta page at  @LeoActon  I am also sharing a time-lapse videoclip of this clown portrait. Enjoy it!

ACEO Clown #183 "Leo Acton" 

Acrylic on paper,  2 ½” x 3 ½”

Clown Leo Acton
(Photo by Kirk Marsh)
work in progress

Friday, October 16, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #182 "Kirk Marsh"


ACEO CLOWN PORTRAIT #182 is inspired by an amaing talented clown and photoghrapher artisr "Kirk Marsh" from Florida, US. With a background in the performing arts and circus (he toured with The Greatest Show on Earth for a year...and went to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College as well as touring his solo silent comedy show around the world to over 53 countries) he has a style that is influenced heavily by magical realism and the fictions of our own minds.

ACEO Clown #182 "Kirk Marsh" 

acrylic on paper,  2 ½” x 3 ½”


"Kirk Marsh"

work in progress

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #181 "Lelik" aka Leonid Pervov


ACEO Clown #181 "Lelik" aka Leonid Pervov
acrylic on paper,  2 ½” x 3 ½”
ACEO Clown portrait #181 is inspired by a genuin and very talented clown artist named as "Lelik" aka Leonid Pervov from Moscow, Rusia. He is a professional artist who graduated from Russian Institute of Theatre Arts and Moscow State Circus. He knows many genres of circus and variety art: clown, acrobatics, juggling, illusion and entertainments. He performed in many circuses all around the world. See his pictures on his website here. Nowadays he is organizing children's parties and performing as birthday clown. 

"Lelik" aka Leonid Pervov 

work in progress

Monday, September 21, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #180 "Dr. Mal Adjusted"

 ACEO Clown #180  "Dr. Mal Adjusted" aka Mal Malme
acrylic on paper,  2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm) 

ACEO Clown portrait #180 is inspired by a wonderful hospital clown "Dr. Mal Adjusted" from Boston, MA, USA. Mal Malme has been a theater artist in Boston for over twenty years. Mal is co-founder of Queer Soup Theater, whose current work is The Pineapple Project, a play for kids and their caregivers that celebrates gender creativity.By day, Mal is Dr. Mal Adjusted, a professional healthcare clown with The Laughter League at Boston Children's and Hasbro Children's Hospitals and because of Covid-19 Dr. Mal adjusted is performing online with The Laughter League.  See on this fb link 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

ACEO Clown portrait #179 "Smokey Joe"

 ACEO Clown #179  "Smokey Joe" 

acrylic on paper,  2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)
ACEO clown portrait #179 is inspired by an imaginative clown originally created by the famous American illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). In 1928 Rockwell painted an oil painting called “CHECKERS” as an illustration for a story about an older circus clown named Smokey Joe. In the story, clown Smokey Joe was feeling sad and blue because he believed he was no longer funny. Rockwell’s circus friends came up with a plan to lift Smokey Joe’s spirits and renew his self confidence by coaxing him into a checkers game and conspiring, of course, to let Smokey Joe win. The original painting is located at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, USA. There is an interesting short video on Youtube video called "The making of "Paintings in Song" - Checkers". Enjoy it!

“CHECKERS” by Norman Rockwell, 1928 ( 40 1/2″ x 44 1/2″)


work in progress

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #178 "Whimsical Walker"

ACEO Clown #178  "Whimsical Walker"(1854-1934)
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #178 is homage to "Whimsical Walker" aka Tom Walker. He was one of the oldest clowns in UK. He was born in Jerrio, a small village two miles from Bury in Lancashire, 1854. His father was apprenticed by him to Pablo Fanue, a circus proprietor for seven years, and he had to do everything that could be done in the ring. At  first he appeared before the public at Burnley as a tiny clown who emerged from a carpet bag carried by another member of the company. 

In 1872 he was engaged for the famous Sanger’s Circus in Westminster Bridge Road, London (as a boy ”Uncle Tim” saw and enjoyed many shows there), where a stage performance was given in addition to the circus.  He admits that his stage efforts were so bad that he was sacked every night, but always re-engaged because of his skill in the circus. 

In 1874, and important period in his career, he was engaged by Charles Hengler to appear at his circus in London, where he was christened ”Whimsical Walker,” and for fourteen winter seasons he appeared there regularly. (”Uncle Tim” also enjoyed himself on rare occasions at Hengler’s, which stood on the site of the present Palladium.)

 In America  Whimsical appeared with other circuses, including the great Barnum and Bailey shows, and was also commissioned to purchase the famous elephant Jumbo from the Zoo at a cost of £1,000. Jumbo was an enormous success in America, many single day’s takings amounting to as much as £3,000. 

He was commanded to appear before the late Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle on 25th February 1886, on which occasion Her Majesty presented him with a valuable pin, of which he is naturally very proud. He was also commanded to appear before the late King of Spain in Madrid just 22 years ago.

He trained two donkeys to perform, and took them to all parts of the globe. One became a well-renowned donkey, who could do anything but talk. One of his tricks was to sit on a chair, turn over the music with his nose, and sing "Home, Sweet Home." He had this donkey for three seasons at the Covent Garden Theatre, under the management of the late Sir Augustus Harris and Freeman Thomas.

Walker performed at Drury Lane pantomime until the death of Sir Augustus Harris. He has been engaged in seven pantomimes under Mr. Gilleno's management. He has played many parts, from Hamlet to his present occupation. The present is the last appearance of the Whimsical One in London, previous to his departure to America and Australia.

In 1886 he was commanded to appear at the first Royal Command Performance, staged at Windsor Castle, before Queen Victoria. His last performance before royalty was for the first visit to a circus of the Princess Elizabeth in 1934. He died later that year (10th November) in Gorleston-on-Sea, aged 83.

Laura Knight Great Parade (1928) Newport Art Gallery/ Bridgeman Art Library

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