Paintings of the Big Apple Circus tour of 1989 The Big Apple Circus Meets the Monkey King

Paintings by artist Yetti Frenkel, who worked for the Big Apple Circus as a groom.

Images include:  Monkey King: Yang Xaio Di, members of the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, 

Double Dutch Queen: Vanessa Thomas, Fish:  John Lepiarz, Oaf: David Casey, Taso Stavrakis, Melinda Merlier, Paul Binder, Katja Schumann's horses, Michael Christensen, Ben Williams with elephants Anna May and Baby Ned. Images of  horses from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.


Artist Yetti Frenkel finds inspiration for her work in everyday scenes. Series of her work include subway commuters, kids in schools and playgrounds, grooms and horses at the local racetrack, and images from her own adventures.


After graduating with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she worked for the Big Apple Circus as a groom, taking care of  Katje Schumann's beautiful and high-spirited horses. The work was tough but exciting, and upon returning she created a series of behind-the-scenes paintings portraying the performers and animals she had gotten to know.


Ms. Frenkel is also a writer, illustrator, and sculptor. She works in a variety of media,  and has created murals for nine public libraries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Yetti Frenkel



Detail of Circus Alphabet Mural, Lynn Public Library, Lynn, Massachusetts