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 makeup.
is a native of Darlington, South Carolina, where his
mother was an artist, and Jim
was pulled into clowning through art.
While attending the Ringling School of Art, he learned of the creation of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College.
applied, was accepted, and was graduated from the original class in 1968.
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.
was selected as the Big Show's
left the show in 1974 to pursue his
Through the Contemporary Amerian Clowns and Red Nose Philosopher series of paintings, the first three Clown Hall of Fame Inductee posters. and other paintings, Jim
has captured the heart and
soul of clowning.
work is catalogued in the National Portrait Gallery
There are clown collectible cards of his
work available at Planet Mirth - well worth a look, even if just to appreciate his
Jim has taught at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College and at conventions all over the country.
was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame
Jim Howle is a very gifted instructor as well as the best-known clown artist in the world.
You will not have to go far to see his
influence as Jim
has also "created" the faces of many of the clowns performing today!
Jim is truly an artist, in every sense of the word, as well as a gentleman, a teacher, and a truly great clown.
time painting, and touring the country teaching and lecturing about all aspects of clowning.
creates custom clown noses, and makes his
own line of clown makeup, which is available through on-line retailers and at the conventions where Jim
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