Friday, October 23, 2020

ACEO CLOWN PORTRAIT #183 "Leo Acton"

 

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”

$35


"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”
SOLD
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 https://www.facebook.com/laughterleagues/ 

Have a great week to all!



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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″)

detail

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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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #177 "Schemic" the Clown

 

ACEO Clown #177  "Schemic"  
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown #177 is inspired by a very talented clown originally from Poland. "Schemic" the Clown aka Przemysław Grządziela located in Phoenix, Arizona. He studied classical ballet at the Gdansk School of Ballet  and  he danced professionally for 17 years as a soloist with Opera Bydgoszcz, PolishDance Theatre Poznan, and Operetta Wroclaw, and later became an actor/mime in the Wroclaw Mime Theatre.

Currently he dances as a guest artist with the Polish Dance Theatre, the Grand Theatre in Poland and the Phoenix Ballet. In 1980, Przemyslaw founded the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Theatre Push Pin in Gdansk. Theatre Push Pin productions showcasing his rare talents. 

Theatre Push Pin has won many awards to include the International Puppet Theatre Festival for Best Acting Performance. Theatre Push Pin has performed at festivals in Avignon, Paris, Lyon, Edinburgh, London, Ankara, Kiev, L’viv, Vilnius, Mosow, Kalinigrad, Thessaloniki, Baska Bystrica, Berlin, Stuttgart, Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, Stockholm, Oslo, Luxembourg, Madrid, Amsterdam, Guadalajara (Mexico), Quito (Ecuador), and at many festivals in Poland. This company has represented Poland at the World Exhibition “Expo ‘92” in Seville, Spain and at “Expo 2000” in Hanover, Germany, as well as at the Fair of Culture and Arts in Umeå, Sweden. In March 2018 he was a featured performer and master teacher at the Festival Puppet Palooza in Santa Barbara, California. 

Przemysław Grządziela has choreographed for performances in drama and puppet theaters, including Remember Me, Tristan and Isolde, Balladyna, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, Ferdinand Wonderful, Baktus and Karius, and many more.

Przemysław is a world-renowned educator of his art form and has taught pantomime classes at Theatre Acedemy Zelwerowicz in Warsaw and at the Department of Puppetry Art in Bialystok. For ten years he has led creative mime workshops in Poland and abroad for children of all ages.

Przemysław Grządziela 

work in progress

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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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Friday, May 15, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #169 "Dr. Gonzo"

Clown #169  "Dr. Gonzo"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #169 is inspired by a very funny hospital clown "Dr. Gonzo" aka Robb Preskins from Whitman, Massachusetts, US. Robb Preskins is a founding member since 1995 and former supervisor in Laughter League. Graduate of Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College. Seven-year veteran Performer, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. Disneyland Performer. Comedy Magician and Juggler who has toured through New England performing in schools, libraries, and festivals. During quarantine days Dr. Gonzo is performing online with his fellow Laughter League clown friends. See this YouTube link

"Dr. Gonzo"

work in progress

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #168 "Doc Skeeter"

Clown #168  "Doc Skeeter"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #168 is inspired by an amazing hospital clown "Doc Skeeter" aka Jay Stewart from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jay Stewart never been in the circus when he was growing up in and around Atlanta. He had a much more serious career in mind when he enrolled at West Georgia College in Carrollton to study journalism. He changed his major to theater after taking a theater appreciation course in the 90's. After 10 weeks of learning slapstick techniques, acrobatics and makeup techniques at Clown College, he was hired by Ringling Bros for its traveling show. He rode the circus train across the country for two years, performing 500 shows a year. He performed in Kinoshita Circus, Japan, and AEMI Clown Festivals, China. Clown Coach, Circus Smirkus. He is instructor in RBB&B Clown College, and NY Goofs Ultimate Clown School. Camp Clown, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. He is the Team Supervisor in Laughter League.

"Doc Skeeter"  with Dr. Bafu

work in progress

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