Otiz Cannelloni

Otiz Cannelloni

Real name: John Korn

Comedian's oil paintings go on show

Otiz Cannelloni's tributes to his comedy heroes

A stand-up who turned to painting his comedy heroes to get through lockdown has landed his first exhibition.

Otiz Cannelloni will be displaying his oil portraits at Lauderdale House, a Tudor country house in London, under his real name, John Korn.

The comedy magician, below, said he first got into painting a few years ago when he tried to encourage his young son, who did not take to the hobby – but he did.

Canelloni headshot

‘I loved the vivid colours and the thick richness of the paint,’ he said. ‘It continued as a hobby for several years, and then in 2020 we had our first lockdown, and my employment disappeared.’

To pass the time, he created a portrait of Tommy Cooper and said: ‘I was very pleased with the outcome and it got lots of likes and comments when I posted it on Facebook. That was all the encouragement I needed.

‘I continued to paint comedians and comic actors that I admired from the past.  I loved working on the images and they gave my Covid days a focus which helped make everything more bearable.

‘All the comedians I painted have, to some degree, influenced my own comedy. They brought back all kinds of happy memories for me; I hope they do the same for you.’

Those featured in his exhibition, entitled A Comedian’s Comedians, include Oliver Hardy, Barbara Windsor, Marty Feldman, Molly Sugden and Eric Sykes – as well as the Cooper portrait that kicked it all off.

Babs Windsor, Buster_keaton, Marty-Feldman

The display opens at Lauderdale House on February 16 and runs until March 14. It’s free to attend and you don’t need a ticket. More details are here.

The property, in Highgate was originally built for Richard Martin,  the Lord Mayor of London, in 1582, and is now an arts and education centre.

Oliver_hardu, Sgt Bilko, Eric_Sykes

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Published: 3 Feb 2022


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