Based in Hay on Wye, Circo Gringo is a small business that creates hand-made masks and carnival heads for use and/or display. Education; dropped out of The London College of Fashion, learnt how to work with fibreglass at Artem (for about two weeks) and got some over-the-telephone tips from the kind technicians at Alec Tiranti's and Jacobson Chemicals. Self taught in sculpture.
Please note: all pieces are hand made and extremely time consuming to produce - any requested commissions must allow appropriate time for design and construction (there may also be a waiting list).
Exhibitions and Publicity
First exhibition "Animal Masks of British Wildlife" was held at Booth Books, Hay-on-Wye in 2012.
Fashion shoot "The Artist" for STYLE magazine, The Sunday Times released 6th October 2013.
Recommended by LUCY LOVES, The Sunday Times, STYLE magazine released 13th October 2013.
"An Exhibition of Masks by Circo Gringo" at The END, Hay on Wye Festival 22 May - 1 June 2014.
"SWINE AND FRIEND" a summer exhibition at St John's place. Hay on Wye, 2014.
Carnival heads by Circo Gringo on display at the Winter Gardens Theater during The Morecambe Variety Festival and Ugly Bug Carnival Ball April 30th - May 1st 2016.
"Cornell's Dream part 1" at Latitude Festival (Rabbit, Dog, Sheep) July 2016.
"Cornelle's Dream part 2" at Latitude Festival (Heron) July 2017.
"Haute Halloween 101, The best looks from Paris fashion week get a wild Halloween makeover" - www.vogue.com 16 October 2017.
"Carnival of Beasts" an exhibition by Circo Gringo and "Behind The Curtain" by Jane Farrington at: The Art Shop, Abergavenny 12th October until9th November 2019.
CircoGringo particularly admires the work of: James Ensor, L. Leslie Brooke, Paula Rego, Harrison William Weir, Elizabeth McGrath, Stanley Kubrick, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Hector McDonnell, Francis Bacon, J.J. Grandville, Cesar France, Angela Carter, H. L. Stephens, Gustav Dentzel, Matthew Dutton and Tony Jeffrey.
Influences include anything Circus, Fairground, Sideshow and Carnival.
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