Thursday, December 2, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #230 "Pancracio"

 



ACEO Clown #230 "Pancracio" (Fernando Alvarez) 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #230 is inspired by a wonderful august clown called "Pancracio" (Fernando Alvarez) originally from Jerez de La Frontera in southern  Spain but he has been settled many years ago in the French capital Paris. in Spain circus was at his peak and there were many talented clowns with lots of success. Getting the inspiration from these clown starts such as Emy, Goti y Cañamon, the Andreu Rivels, Ramper, Popey, Los Hermanos Tonetti, Pompoff y Thedy and many more, Fernando wanted to be a clown at very young age.

He was twelve when he joined the Muchachos’ circus school in 1967, where he was trained in all forms of basic acrobatics and other circus specialties, and was naturally cast as a clown, under the name of PancracioIn the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Circo de los Muchachos embarked into an international tour that took them all over Europe, and then to the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Japan.

In the late 80's he associated with Manolo Martini(Los Martini-Llata), Johny Diaz to join him and form a new trio, the Trio Llata. Together, they worked with the Spanish Circus Ringland, of the Raluy family, in a tour that took them to Western and Central Africa until José Llata decided to retire. Later on, Fernando went to Paris and married a French girl whom he had met and fell in love with in 1970 when he was with the Muchachos at the Grand Palais. Since 1983 he settled in Paris and continues clowning and making people happy.

Pancracio at his make up (c. 2000) Photo: Fernando Alvarez Archive

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Monday, November 1, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #229 "Clown Titus"

 


ACEO Clown #229 "Clown Titus" (Thierry Saelens)
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #229 is inspired by a very poetic white face clown called "Clown Titus" (Thierry Saelens) from Steenvoorde, France. Thierry has been performing as Clown Titus since 2009. He created an entertainment group with his siblings. His specialty is balloon sculpting and he is really good at it. Recently he is performing at his own show, an unusual orchestrated futuristic play. Visit his website  or instagram page to see videoclips and more pictures.

Clown Titus

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #228 "Davro the Clown"

 

ACEO Clown #228 "Davro the Clown"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #228 is inspired by a fantastic clown  called "Davro the Clown" (Darren Spiers) from Glasgow, UK. Darren has been performing his magic show "Magic with Davro" over ten years. He performed as clown in UK circuses as well. He says he has always been into clowns since age of 4. He trained in USA with Ringling Bros Clowns. On his fb page  "Magic with Davro" you can get the updates.  He does balloon modelling, organizes mini disco party games as well. 

Clown Davro

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #227 "Clown Sem"

 

ACEO Clown #227 "Clown Sem"
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #227 is inspired by a very young and talented clown "Clown Sem" (Sem De Vries) from Meppel, Netherlands.

When Sem was 4 years old he went to a circus and he thought the clown was fantastic so he started clowning around since then and at age 9 he ended up at Circus Renz international where he was allowed to participate in the shows. He did a lot of performances at companies and partying until he was asked for a small tour of 7 weeks where he was the clown and filled the program he did a total of 8 things in the ring and he got a lot of advertising and good reviews. Sem is so much more built up and now during his school holidays He is a clown at circus Renz international and he wants to continue to do so. He is a musical clown as he can play several music instruments. 

Sem De Vries

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #226 "Marcelino"

 

ACEO Clown #226 "Marcelino"

2 ½” x 3 ½” (6.3 x 8.9 cm)

ACEO Clown #226 is a homage to Marcelino Orbes, a world-renowned Spanish clown ( 1873-1927). Isidro Marcelino Orbés Casanova was born in Jaca, Spain. He performed in Spain, France  and other European countries and his success brought him to London Hippodrome. He was one of the superstar clowns of the trans-Atlantic stage, appearing for five years at the Hippodrome in London, from 1900 to 1905, before embarking on a stunning ten-season residency at the New York Hippodrome. By 1915, Marceline had established himself as one of the western world’s most popular comedians. He was also one of the most influential. Chaplin and Buster Keaton admired his work.

Silent movies became popular at the height of his success. Later in 1915, he temporarily retired from show business and opened his first restaurant. It was a disaster. His two attempts to enter the restaurant business drained him financially. Shortly after his wife left him. In 1925, Marcelino ordered what may have been his final costumed image as a means of garnering more attention for his failing act, though it does not appear to have helped. Just two years after that picture was taken he would be found dead in the rundown hotel in which he spent his last days (he had shot himself, surrounded by old pictures of himself in costume.)



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Thursday, August 19, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #225 "The Prince of Clowns" (Henry H Ayala jr)

 

ACEO Clown #225 "The Prince of Clowns" (Henry H. Ayala jr)

2 ½” x 3 ½” (6.3 x 8.9 cm)

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ACEO clown portrait #225 is inspired by a gifted and unique clown artist as known as "The Prince of Clowns" (Henry H Ayala jr) originally from Venezuela and he grew up in England. Henry was born in a circus family and he is the 5th generation circus performer. He won the title Prince of Clowns in England and Russia. Without saying a word, he dominates and interacts with the audience in his interventions at circus shows and festivals, eliciting applause and laughter from the audience but actually he can speak Spanish (native) English,Italian,Portuguese  and French. Henry won awards at Circus festivals in Budapest (Hungary), Liege (Belgium), Rome and Latina (Italy), Valencia (Spain) and Beijing (China) and silver clown prize in Monte Carlo int. Clown festival. .

He is going to perform at Circus Extreme in England, it opens on Friday 20th August until Sunday 5th September. Check his instagram at @theprinceofclowns 


"The Prince of Clowns" (Henry H. Ayala jr)

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #224 "John Taylor the Human Cannonball"

 

ACEO Clown #224 "John Taylor the Human Cannonball" (Henry Muñoz)

2 ½” x 3 ½” (6.3 x 8.9 cm)

ACEO Clown portrait #224 is homage to a very special clown "John Taylor the Human Cannonball". His real name Henry Muñoz, (1958- 2018). Henry was born in Florida, raised in the circus, turned into a projectile by a family tradition that goes on for a century, His father, his uncle and the founder of the saga , Grandfather Captain Muñoz, a man from Madrid who traveled the five continents as Bala Man (Bullet man) and ended up settling in Florida (USA), where his son Luis and his grandson Henry were born. His wife comes from  the famous circus famly Rampin. His older brother Christopher and his son-in-law Jody Bellucci is also a human cannonball.  As you know there not many this type of clowns left. I also painted Bello Nock. There is an interesting article about history of human cannonball, here is the link https://flashbak.com/i-am-a-human-cannonball-a-brief-history-of-circus-bullets-25160/ Enjoy it! Have a great weekend.

Henry Muñoz


Henry Muñoz

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #223 "Pascal"

 

ACEO Clown #223 "Pascal" (Pascal de Boer)
2 ½” x 3 ½” (63 x 86 mm)
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ACEO clown portrait #223 is inspired by a very talented clown called "Pascal" (​Pascal  de Boer) from Den Haag, Netherlands. Pascal has been entertaining audiences internationally for over twenty years. At early age he admired clowns and he knew he want to be a clown. Since 2001 he is performing as a comedy character with his own style in circuses, theatre, dinnershows, themepark shows, cruiseships and big entertainment company's all around the world. Recently, Pascal is performing in a new project called "The Show" at Bravour in Texel, The Netherlands. He is the Producer & Director as well. To know more about him visit his website at www.pascalvisualcomedy.com

Photo by Arjan Bos 

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #222 "Escabeche"

 

ACEO Clown #222 "Escabeche" (Kevin Viñals)

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #222 is inspired by young and a very talented clown "Escabeche" (Kevin Viñals) from Mendoza, Argentina.  Kevin is a juggler, monocyclist and uses stilts as well. His instagram is @el_kevini



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Monday, July 5, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #221 "Fernando Santos"

 

ACEO Clown #221 Fernando Santos

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #221  is inspired by a wonderful august clown Fernando Santos from Spain.  He is coming from a well known clown family and he is the 8th generation,  son of Fery Santos (The Rivelino Clowns)

Gomi, Fery Santos and Fernando Santos

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #220

 

ACEO Clown #220 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #220  is inspired by a very talented clown Iker Mediavilla Pedera from Bilbao, Spain. Iker worked with Fery Clowns for about 3 years. 2016-2019. 

Left Fernando Santos, Iker Mediavilla Peder and right Fery Santos

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #219 "Fery Santos"

 

ACEO Clown #219 "Fery Santos" 

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #219  is inspired by a wonderful whiteface clown "Fery Santos" from Spain. He began his circus live as children, having been born into it as sixth and seventh generations of circus artists and clowns in his family.  The Origial Los Fery Rivelinos Clowns was formed about 30 years ago. Fery was performing with his two brothers Sito and Pedro augustos. Over time, each of the Santos brothers has formed their own group of clowns. Fery Rivelinos Clowns about 9 years ago formed by Fery Santos, is made up of Fery (Fery Santos, white-faced), Rivelino (Fernando Santos, son of Fery, August) and Gomi (José María Hueso, August). They made their first season in France with Cirque Alexis Gruss, and later worked in Portugal with Circo Victor Hugo Cardinali for almost two seasons.  See their FB page in this link. https://business.facebook.com/Feryrivelinosclowns/ 

Fernando Santos, Fery & Gomi

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

ACEO Clown Portrait #218 "Korki Klown"

 

ACEO Clown #218 "Korki Klown" (Heather Crawford)

2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm)

ACEO Clown portrait #218 is inspired by a fantastic clown lady called "Korki Klown" (Heather Crawford) from White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.  Korki is clowning around more than 30 years. She studied at Fun Camp Canada (Formerly Clown Fun!) She is a Smile Therapist and baloon artist as well.  She is working as Children's chair position at the White Rock Spirit of the Sea Festival for 22 years. Nowadays Korki is organizing Zoom Parties and keep making people happy! See her at insta link.

Korki Klown

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