Inspired by the flim "Freaks" by Tod Browning (1932) - click for larger image
This painting is off to Gallery 1988 LA along with another work for their upcoming show "Crazy 4 Cult". I am very happy to be apart of this show, as so many artists I personally love will also be in it (APAK, 64 Colors, Yuta Onoda, etc..)
The movie "Freaks" is really something bizarre and special - you should check it out if you haven't. Browning hired actual circus performers with genuine deformities and disabilities to play the characters. In the 30's, the circus was a big part of American culture - a direct inspiration for Superman! (that's why he wears tights, like a circus strongman) The colors, the lights, the music - the circus was a big family event.
Thank God for the internet, am I right?? (kidding)
mid-way through the painting process
The piece looked too awkward with the bright orange frame, so I subdued it a bit and brought in some darkness to even it out.
I'll be away this weekend in New York - but just for a few hours, really. My parents are taking my youngest sister to her college orientation, and asked if I'd be interested in seeing Promises, Promises on the way.
I haven't seen a musical in probably 4 years, so it should be fun :)