Wednesday, September 5, 2018

ACEO Clown Portrait #50 "Leonid Yengibarov"

Clown #50 "Leonid Yengibarov" 
acrylic on paper, 2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2018

Clown #50 is homage to Leonid Yengibarov (1935-1972) a Russian/Armenian clown who created the poetic, intellectual clownery, which made spectators think, not only laugh. He graduated from Circus school with skills in juggling, acrobatics, and hand balancing. After graduation in 1959 he moved to Yerevan and joined the Armenian state circus. By the end of the 1960s he was known as one of the best clowns in the country and in the countries of the Eastern bloc. 

His circus career came to a halt in 1971: he left the State Circus when his partner was banned from international touring. He created a Variety Pantomime Theatre instead.However officially he was forbidden to call his company “theatre”, only allowed to use the term “troupe”. He managed to stage only a single piece, “Star Rain” before his untimely death from a massive heart attack at age 37. His work continues influencing other artists including Slava Polunin.
Leonid Yengibarov

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