The more you stare at a clown’s perpetually smiling face, the more it warps into something more sinister.
Clowns are supposedly figures of innocent fun – brightly coloured jesters to entertain children and slip on banana skins in exaggerated displays of slapstick comedy.
But the manic joy, the mask of make up and the excessive familiarity are just a hair’s breadth away from terror.
Full-blown phobia of clowns (or coulrophobia) is relatively rare, but still many more instinctively recoil.
I started a new series of 10 paintings called CREEPY CLOWNS.
I present you the second one: