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    The BUFFOON PAINTINGS - 1989 - 90

    It was during this time I first discovered the folktale, my obsession, and the inspiration for much of my work for years to come, on the back of a LP record jacket. It was a recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s Russian Constructivist ballet, Le Chout, composed for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in the 1920s.  Le Chout or “The Buffoon” as it translates, used as inspiration an obscure, age-old, darkly comic story of deception and murder. That scrap of a tale became fodder for every medium I could get my hands on. I first adapted it as a short black and white comic book. These paintings came next. Then a flip-book. Then, thanks to some handy collaborators, a contemporary dance production, which was later adapted for public television. And now, the full-length graphic novel. The core of that original folktale is told in a narrative sequence in three of the paintings and their studies included in this section – A Tale of the Buffoon, Parts I, II, and III. For much more information on this subject visit www.TalesoftheBuffoon.com.

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