are, when you were very young, some clown laughed at you, and
you were delighted.
time later, the clown's laugh started to get a mite unsettling
in it's cacophany.
is a website about Clowns.
Look at the
funny, funny clowns. Or are they? Here you will be able to not
only completely immerse yourself in the funny, fantastic world
of the clown, but you might revisit some rather terrible nightmares,
and perhaps you will find that the dichotomy of funny/scary feelings
living deep within your psyche have been implanted because of
the clown. This is the place where I am collecting my clowns.
I've trolled the internet for both fun and happy images and the
more insidious and "scary" images which are becoming
more and more popular. The clown is a universal icon, in both
of it's quises, as a happy go lucky fool, or a satanic evil laughing
devil which just might eat you.
with the "fool" of the Middle Ages, and continuing through
to the Carnival and Circus Clowns, and the ever popular "Birthday
Clown" with his balloons, the "bumbling" clown
is a fixture of most cultures throughout history. The clown is
a beloved and sometimes feared icon. The clown has the uncanny
ability to charm as well as frighten. The crooked laugh of the
Clown's might very well be an evil grin.
The clowns are on parade. When I was young, I began to have a
fixation on clowns. Big floppy feet clowns. Painted face clowns.
The clown is with humanity from the time he is a small child,
easily amused by almost anything. At this time in our lives, open
to possibilites as well as confusion, the clown appears, falls
on his face, and begins to make us laugh.
We will draw
clowns in our schoolrooms, and we will meet them in Elementary
School at the Carnival. We see them on television, wishing us
a happy birthday. They're at the local restaurant, and seen fleetingly,
the insides of their cars filled with balloons, racing along the
highway. They are almost ubiquitous, and they have been with us
in pretty much all their various forms and expressions, for most
website, I am indulging in my love of Clown Art. Immediately one
thinks of Red Skelton. Early 19th Century Circus posters. Emmet
Kelley. Happy Clowns. Sad Clowns. (Nasty Clowns.) They're all
here. The website is divided into three sections. Each presents
a colorful zany Clown World, complete with interesting facts and
many colorful photos and images culled from a vast array of online
depositories. First, we present
"A Short History of Clowns", tracing the roots of
our jolly friend. Next, "The
Art of the Clown", with individual images of Clowndom
from the past to the present, including paintings, prints, graphics,
and a slideshow feature. Finally, this site, like a lot of others
in the AllThingsMike Universe,
The Composite Artwork of Michael Nyiri. In the "Composites"
section, you will find a variety of images clowning around in
new composites from deep within my own psyche. This site was first
presented online in May of 2006, and in January 2008 received
a small makeover. More clown art sites are listed in the Art of
the Clown section, and more composite artwork is presented in
the Composite Artwork section, which now has full pages with back
and next buttons.
to 'announce" the "Clowns" website, the "Clowns"
internet movie I constructed in 2006 has never been presented
on the site. Below is the embedded file from my YouTube Channel.
For the first time on the "Clowns" website, you can
watch the "Clowns" internet movie, which is about 10
minutes long. Remember to hit pause on the theme music playing
on this page on the player in the right hand sidebar before attempting
to view the movie, which contains many of the images on the website
and more, scored to a variety of circus themed music selections.
I began this
website with an image search on Yahoo and Google for "clowns",
"clown paintings", "clownface", and "clown
art". I saved all the images in a folder and began to create
composite images with the many red nosed denizens of the internet
clownworld. The images are abundant, and represent many versions
of our old friend. New images were searched for and added in January
clown images collected for this website are from all over the
internet. I admit I should be giving more credit and identifying
more of the images than I have. If you know of an image on this
site without proper representation and can credit the artist or
photographer of any image duplicated on this site, please don't
hesitage to email
the webmaster with the proper info.The top right "scary
clown" image, for example, is credited to ScienceFictionFantasyHorror.com
and dated 2005.
The Clowns Jukebox This Week features "Chucko The Birthday
Clown" as sung by Chucko
the Clown, a kiddie tv host from the sixties. The original
tune is from the official Chucko