This Portrait Series Regally Depicts Real-Life Sideshow Freaks

By: David Ingram - Sep 28, 2015
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These haunting victorian portraits skillfully depict actual historical sideshow freaks in a humanizing and regal manner.

Painted by Chicago-based artist Gail Potocki, historical sideshow attractions with real-world deformities like 'The Elephant Man,' 'Jo-Jo The Dog Face Boy' and 'The Bearded Lady' are portrayed in paintings mimicking the artistic style of 19th century masters. An endeavor six years in the making, the 'Freaks' art collection treats these subjects in a way that both respects and celebrates their flaws for a look at the individuals behind the abnormalities.

This famous cast of characters is skillfully captured by Potocki in portrait form and provides both a joyous yet somber look at these supposed sideshow freaks who at the end of the day are simply people.