Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Alla Prima Oil painting time-lapse Clown Grock



I am sharing today an Alla Prima Oil Painting o the famous Swiss clown Grock.  "Grock", Charles Adrien Wettach (1880-1959). He was also composer and musician. Called "the king of clowns", "the greatest of Europe's clowns" and once the most highly paid entertainer in the world. 

At fourteen Adrien joined the circus career as a magician, acrobat and mansnake. He left this environment after some time to devote himself to various activities and to setup a Duo named Alfredianos, with a clown named Alfredo, during his expat experience in Hungary. This duo performed with the Crateil circus for two years. Adrien then went to France, in the circus Barracetta, to start with, and as a cashier in the Swiss National Circus. He became a master in every circus specialty (contortion, juggling, balancing, acrobatics, horseback riding) and revealed considerable musical skills learning to play a surprisingly high number of instruments: piano, violin, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, trombone, xylophone, etc. In 1903 he teamed with another eccentric musician, Marius Galante, a.k.a. Brick, and took his nickname, Grock.  

At the top of his career Grock purchased a magnificant 50 rooms house in Imperia,  Italy in the '20's for summer vacations and named it as "Villa Grock". When he retired in 1954 he decided to live in this house permanently and later on he died in this house. Today, his house is a museum called "Museo del Clown".

*At the moment I won't be able to sell the original artwork. Because I do not trust the post office service due to pandemic related issues. But  HQ quality digital image file of the finished artwork is available for all my Patrons in Patreon. 


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #165 "Marco Mariani"

Clown #165  "Marco Mariani"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #165 is inspired by a wonderful circus clown "Marco Mariani" from Paris, France. Mariani started to perform at very early age while  he was 2 years old with his grandfather in the circus. He studied at Accademia D'Arte Circense, Verona, Italy. His wife Stefania Gottani is Antipodist and Hi Ring Act performer in circus.  He works at Circus Maximum. You can watch his YouTube clip to see his performance in this link.

"Marco Mariani"

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

ACEO Clowns #163 & #164 "Shirley et Dino"

Clown #163 "Shirley" Clown #164 "Dino"  
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

Corinne Benizio ("Shirley", born 1962) and Gilles Benizio ("Dino", born 1957), are a French comic duo known by their stage name Shirley et Dino. The couple met at university in 1982, married in 1985, and made their debut the same year with the stage name "Achilles Tonic". In several of their shows, the duo depicted touching stories about unsuccessful naïve clowns. 
Corinne and Gilles created the characters "Shirley and Dino" during an improvisation internship with Ariane Mnouchkine in 2002, and their frequent skits on Patrick Sébastien's TV show "Le plus grand Cabaret du Monde" (The Greatest Cabaret Show of the World) made them famous in France. The release of clips from that show on YouTube in 2011 made them famous around the world, ( watch them on this link) with more than 2 million views. In 2003 they received the Mulier prize for their "Le Duo" show, as the "Best Sketch Show of the year". According to the official website , Their DVD was sold in more than 1 million copies.

work in progress

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #162 "Lecile Harris"

ACEO Clown Portrait #162 "Lecile Harris"

ACEO Clown Portrait #162 is a homage to a legendary Rodeo Clown "Lecile Harris" (1928- 2020) from Mississippi, US. Harris got his start in rodeo as a bull rider and then a fill-in bullfighter while still in high school and developed into one of the sport’s most respected funnymen over a career that has spanned more than half a century. At age 52, Lecile said, one “lick” from a bull broke his pelvis, ankle and four ribs, tore up his knee and gave him a concussion. That’s when he switched to clowning full time. People called him as “Dean of Rodeo Clowns/Bullfighters”. He also appeared on TV shows like Hee Haw and films like Walking Tall The Final Chapter.

"Lecile Harris"

work in progress

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #161 "Angelo Muñoz"

ACEO Clown Portrait #161  "Angelo Muñoz" 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #161 is inspired by a prestigious Portuguese clown " Angelo Muñoz".   Angelo Muñoz was born in 1931, Santander while his parents were working in a circus in Spain. He worked with his brothers until late 80' in circuses. He also performed in circus Roncalli as well-known "Bee, bee, give me your honey" with the also renowned Clown Fumagalli Gianni. The famous Portuguese clown Ángelo Muñoz received a tribute in Monte-Carlo for his international career. He is already retired from the trade in which he achieved maximum prestige. 
Angelo Muñoz with Princess Stephanie

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

ACEO Clown Portraits #160 "Jimmy Folco"

ACEO Clown Portrait #160  "Jimmy Folco " 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #160 is inspired by a fantastic clown "Jimmy Folco" from  Italy. Folco comes from one of the largest dynasties in Circus world. He has more than 30 years experience in the world of entertainment. Folco performed with many major circuses around the globe. Throughout his professional career, he has received several awards as well. You can visit his website here

Jimmy Folco 


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Monday, February 3, 2020

ACEO Clown Portraits #159 "Whyu Lulkowski"

ACEO Clown Portrait #159  "Whyu Lulkowski" 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #159 is inspired by a very young and passionate clown "Whyu Lulkowski" from  Jakarta, Indonesia.  His skills are Juggling balls, Juggling Clubs, Juggling Rings, Diabolo, Dance of Fire, Thumbling, Unicycle, Balance. He has participated in Brave kids Festival which was held in Poland in 2016 and he also participated in the Exchange social circus in America in 2018. See his Instagram page for more @whyu_circus_arts

"Whyu Lulkowski" 

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

ACEO Clown Portraits #157, #158 "Greg & Karen DeSanto"

ACEO Clown Portraits #157 "Greg DeSanto"  
#158 "Karen DeSanto"
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), acrylic on paper, 2020

Greg and Karen DeSanto are a husband and wife clowns as professional circus clowns for more that 30 years. Greg DeSanto gratuated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He was also a featured performer in the 1996-97 Big Apple Circus. Karen DeSanto  Karen graduated from the Ringling Clown College. She is one of the country's leading clown instructors and has developed teaching programs for the Circus's Arts-In-Education program, the National Circus Project and Ocean Park Amusements. As a businesswoman, she created and ran a successful clown and character production company in California. They directed the clown material for many editions of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, they have been featured comics on cruise lines and in circuses around the world.

Greg and Karen DeSanto

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Friday, January 17, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #156 "Sir Winston Pickles"

ACEO Clown Portrait #156 "Sir  Winston  Pickles" 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #156 is inspired by very unique  a clown comedian "Sir Winston Pickles" from Sebastian, Florida, US. But originally he is from Hull, East Yorkshire, UK. On his website's about page I read "Pickles says he likes to think of his character as a unique fusion of Mr Bean, Willy Wonka and Laurel & Hardy all rolled into one, as all these people have inspired him tremendously and shaped his life." After watching his YouTube clips actually I really liked his dark humor and fantastic clown make-up as a comic. Check it out his YouTube Channel and Instagram page

Sir Winston Pickles

Work in progress


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Friday, January 10, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #155 "Clown Tiara"

 ACEO Clown Portrait #155 "Clown Tiara" 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #155 is inspired by a sweet lady clown "Clown Tiara" from Okinawa, Japan. She performs at birthdays, outdoor children events and she is a balloon artist. To know more about her clown character visit her Instagram at  @clowntiara

Clown Tiara

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #154 "Chuvisco the Clown"

ACEO Clown Portrait #154 "Chuvisco the Clown" 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #154 is inspired by a very young and talented clown "Chuvisco" aka Nilton Gatica from São Paulo, Brazil. Gatica began his life in the art of making people laugh at an early age of five. With his trapeze father and circus theater mother, he was born in the circus and decided that this was the career he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life. Chivisco is married and father of 3 young girls. At the moment he is performing at Circo Marcos at Manao, Brazil. To se his latest photos visit his insragram at @chuvisco_gatica 

Foto: Jader Paes / Agência Pará

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