Snap Wyatt – Freak Show Banner Artist

Snap Wyatt (1905-1984)

Snap Wyatt was a prolific painter of huge circus banners primarily in the 1940’s and 50’s.  He was known for his  bold, cartoon-like style. His banners were painted with quick caricatures, and only the essential details of the performer were outlined in black to make them stand out. He said he could finish one in a day for about $85. bucks. The bright and colorful banners drew in the crowd with the mystery of what was inside the tent. Wyatt is considered to be among the top in his field. His banners today sell for thousands.

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Posted on August 10, 2013, in Painting and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Those were awesome!! Thanks for posting 🙂

  2. I anyone is interested I have a snap wyatt banner – called fat boy that I am thinking about selling

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