Three Midgets and a Giant #122 Tommy Cheng Painting

U.S.A, 1993
48 x 36 in (122 x 91 cm)
ID #TC-Z-122

A painting that looks at first like a familial scene, but in actuality, as informed by the title of the piece, is a painting of three circus sideshow "midgets" posing with a "giant." Part of a series of paintings Tommy Cheng made on the subject of early American circus and sideshow acts.

Tommy Cheng is a contemporary outsider and folk artist who lives and paints in Washington Heights. His unique style of portraiture has attracted gallery shows in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Paris. Cheng's portraits are inspired by pop culture and celebrities. With its wide open eyes, deceivingly expressive faces, and modernly flat construction a Cheng portrait is instantly identifiable.

Artist: Tommy Cheng

Material: Acrylic on plywood

TC-#122

500-1000 art art brut asian american circus folk art formal freaks giant midget naive art new york nyc original outsider art painting portrait sideshow washington heights

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