Sideshow Banner Painter Snap Wyatt

Snap Wyatt Brought Art To The Carnival Midways

Snap Wyatt was a prolific painter of huge circus banners primarily in the 1940′s and 50′s

Sideshow banner painter Snap Wyatt 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.

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Snap Wyatt (1905-1984)

As an artist, Snap Wyatt’s canvases are Herculean in scale, his colors bold, his brush work confident. He was even relatively affordable. Yet while others painted the French countryside or seascapes or pastoral vistas, Wyatt was busy painting pinheads.

Sideshow banner painter Snap Wyatt and a handful of others including Fred Johnson, Tattoo Jack Cripe and Jack Sigler (now all deceased), brought art to the carnival midways of the 30’s through 60’s with their 10′ x10′ banners that waved outside the circus and carnival sideshows drawing the crowd to come inside.

Originally intended as silent talkers, the huge canvases played to a carnival attendees curiosity and directed them to walk right into the sideshow tent.

The banners portrayed the acts inside the tent would be an interesting combination of the  bizarre and of human oddities – from Major Debert Tiniest Man to the 643 pound Sweet Marie, Huey The Pretzel Boy to the Alligator Girl, Hydrocephalus Baby to The Penguin Boy.

 

Few considered the canvasses of sideshow banner painter Snap Wyatt and the other banner painters an art form at the time they were painted, yet today the mega-paintings are being bought almost as fast as they’re hung on an art gallery’s wall.  

Snap Wyatt’s banners sell today for thousands. Snap Wyatt (1905-1984)

SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Freaks.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Freaks.jpg
Museum Snap Whatt Banner African Witch Doctor.jpg
Museum Snap Whatt Banner African Witch Doctor.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Booptee.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Booptee.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Zandu.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Zandu.jpg
Museum Snap Whatt Banner Sword Swallower.jpg
Museum Snap Whatt Banner Sword Swallower.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt World's Fattest Man.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt World's Fattest Man.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Sylvia Big Footed Girl.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Sylvia Big Footed Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Mona.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Mona.jpg
SideShow Banners Snap Wyatt Cleo the Moon Girl.jpg
SideShow Banners Snap Wyatt Cleo the Moon Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Diablo.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Diablo.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Fire King.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Fire King.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Sylvia Big Footed Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Sylvia Big Footed Girl.jpg
SideShow Banners Snap Wyatt Popeye.jpg
SideShow Banners Snap Wyatt Popeye.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Booptee Horned Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Booptee Horned Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Biptee.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Biptee.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Rubber Skin Man Alligator Girl.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Rubber Skin Man Alligator Girl.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Cleo The Moon Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Cleo The Moon Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Lobster Boy.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Lobster Boy.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Spidora.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Spidora.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Alive.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Alive.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Rubber Man.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Rubber Man.JPG
Museum Snap Whatt Banner Sadie.jpg
Museum Snap Whatt Banner Sadie.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner The Devil Child.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner The Devil Child.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Weightless Woman.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Weightless Woman.jpg
Side Show Banner Snap Wyatt Ubangi.jpg
Side Show Banner Snap Wyatt Ubangi.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Electra.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Electra.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Weightless Woman.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Weightless Woman.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Rubber Man.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Rubber Man.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Daughter of Undetermined Sex.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Daughter of Undetermined Sex.jpg
SideShow Banner SNap Wyatt FreakAlligatorSkinLORES.jpg
SideShow Banner SNap Wyatt FreakAlligatorSkinLORES.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt turkeyboy.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt turkeyboy.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt All Alive.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt All Alive.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Tattooed Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Tattooed Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Turkey Boy.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Turkey Boy.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Zandu.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Zandu.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Rubber Skin Man - Alligator Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Rubber Skin Man - Alligator Girl.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Rat.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Rat.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Aztec Indian.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Aztec Indian.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt All Alive.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt All Alive.JPG
Museum Snap Whatt Banner Smallest Married Couple.jpg
Museum Snap Whatt Banner Smallest Married Couple.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Cleo Moon Girl.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Cleo Moon Girl.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Fire King.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Fire King.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Cleo Moon Girl.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Cleo Moon Girl.JPG
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Mona.jpg
SideShow Banner Snap Wyatt Mona.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Dance of Death.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Dance of Death.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Popeye.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Popeye.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Plenty For Two.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Banner Plenty For Two.jpg
Museum Snap Wyatt Aztec Indian.JPG
Museum Snap Wyatt Aztec Indian.JPG
Sideshow Banner Snap Wyatt.jpg
Sideshow Banner Snap Wyatt.jpg
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