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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Monday, April 27, 2020

ACEO Clowns #166 & #167 "Dr. Slappy & Dr. Monday"

ACEO Clowns #166 & #167 "Dr. Slappy & Dr. Monday"
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO portraits of a fantastic clown duo "Dr. Slappy & Dr. Monday".   ACEO Clown #166 Dr. Slappy aka Tiffany Riley was the first woman clown to be featured in The Big Apple Circus in NYC, and has performed in circuses, festivals and theaters worldwide with partner Dick Monday. She co-founded The Foundation for Laughter and leads the Laughter League Medical Clown Program. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University, and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 2019, she published her first book, Beyond the Red Nose. 

ACEO Clown #167  Dr. Monday  aka Dick Monday was the director of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College where he recruited and trained clowns. As He has toured the world as a circus clown, He is a critically acclaimed theater director who utilizes his knack for physical comedy and humor to bring a unique voice to the productions he directs. He co-founded the NY Goofs and is Artistic Director of Laughter League.

Laughter League clowns performs at Boston Children’s Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. At the moment due to pandemic situation "Dr. Slappy & Dr. Monday" performing online. See their website


"Dr. Slappy & Dr. Monday"



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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ACEO CLOWN PORTRAIT #31 "Fardin" Time-lapse Acrylic Painting


Hi everyone! I found a recording footage that I haven't had time to edit before. Now, I am spending more time at home. I will try to upload more videos. Today I am sharing a time-lapse video of an ACEO miniature acrylic painting. ACEO Clown Portrait #31 is inspired by an Iranian clown @fardin.m.j (IG) He is a street performance artist. #Staysafestayathome

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"

work in progress


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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

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

work in progress

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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" 

work in progress

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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

work in progress

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