Based in Hay on Wye (UK), Circo Gringo is a small business that creates hand-made masks and carnival heads for use and/or display. After dropping out of the University of Arts London, and then learning to work with fibreglass at Artem special effects studio, Circo Gringo went on to scavenge molding, casting and other useful techniques from prop makers and the kind technicians at Alec Tiranti 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.
Work is also sold and displayed at The End (Hay-on-Wye) and various Jeffery-West outlets including their London, Leeds and Manchester shops.
Commissions have been produced for the Living willow Theatre Company, ECHO Herefordshire as well as private collections.
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 and Tony Jeffrey.
Influences include anything Circus, Fairground, Sideshow and Carnival.
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