The Performers

Hello people,
our theme today is “The Performers”; artistes who entertain us on the stage. Here in the first painting we have perhaps the lion tamer and his lovely assistant. The lion looks more like a big cat, so the danger is somewhat exaggerated, and the facial expressions accordingly deadpan. I like the simple shapes and the way the stripes and lines work with and against each other.

Curtain Call by Barry Trower.
Curtain Call by Barry Trower.

The song and dance man was a type of performer from a hundred years ago who stepped bravely onto the stage to give the crowd a song, a dance, and perhaps a bawdy joke. He would warm up the crowd before the dancing girls or the trained animal act. This type of performer does not exist anymore, but I have given him new life in the painting below. The indifference of the stage manager and the anticipatory look of the next performer gives the scene a sad sense of theatre. Coincidentally, stripes play a role again in this composition.

Song and Dance Man by Barry Trower.
Song and Dance Man by Barry Trower.

As they say on the stage, “break a leg”!

Barry

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