Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Lionel 'The Lion Faced Man' was the relatively unimaginative title given to Stefan Bibrowski. His appearance, it was claimed, resulted from his pregnant mother's having watched his father being torn to shreds by a lion. A case of 'maternal impression'. Bibrowski suffered from an acute case of hypertrichosis, six inch locks covered his entire body, apart from his palms and the soles of his feet. He was an intelligent chap, picking up and speaking fluently in five languages whilst touring with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. His excess hair was truly his livelihood and he knew it. Once when he was staying at a hotel in New York, a fire broke out and Lionel was apparently the first out of the building claiming he "couldn't afford to have his face singed."
This 5-colour screen print, an edition of 20, will soon be available to purchase on my new Big Cartel shop (soon to be attached to the website).