Jim Howle Queen of Hearts Clown Painting Litho

Jim Howle was born in Darlington, South Carolina. His mother was an artist, and Howle was pulled into clowning through art. While a student at the Ringling School of Art, Sarasota Florida, he learned of the formation of the RBB&B Clown College. He applied, was accepted, and was graduated from the original class in 1968. Touring with RBB&B for seven years as a tramp clown, he was selected as the show's official artist. He left the show in 1974 to pursue his painting career. Through the Contemporary American Clowns and Red Nose Philosopher series of paintings, the first three Clown Hall of Fame Inductee posters. and other paintings, Howle has recorded forever the beauty, dignity and love which abounds in the clown world. His work is included in the Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and the Leningrad Gallery. A popular instructor, he has taught at RBB&B Clown College and the University of Wisconsin Clown Camp. Jim Howle is one of the most versatile clowns performing today. In addition to his performing skills, which are finely honed, he is also a famous artist and expert on clown make up. He then toured with the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey for seven years as a tramp clown, working with some of the great circus clowns such as Lou Jacobs and Mark Anthony. He was selected as the Big Show's official artist. ... read more