The Last Silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story. Charles Burns writes about his research into the art and history of silhouette. On the way he meets some fascinating characters, both ancient and modern.

Opening my Creative Space

Opening my Creative Space

May is here, so I’m opening Mays Barn (my own creative space) to exhibit a new series of silhouette paintings and prints. Do you think I should invite Theresa May? (more…)

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Should an Artist Recycle their Art?

Yesterday I spent the whole day recycling art…...or at least preparing to. There’s an awful lot of it! So I’m writing to ask for help. Can you give a painting a new home? Could you take delivery of a drawing or two?

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Caversham Arts Trail: Once a year I become a cat

Caversham Arts Trail: Once a year I become a cat

Once a year I become a cat. Well, it’s an acronym, of course. CAT stands for Caversham Arts Trail, which is the annual open-studio event for artists based in Caversham.  (more…)

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Your not-in-profile profile

Your not-in-profile profile

“Can a silhouette be not in profile?  What happens if you cut me face on?”   For years, like most silhouette artists, I tended to avoid these questions.    (more…)

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Hollow-cut life studies

Hollow-cut life studies

The month of May, as well as being busy season for silhouette cutting at weddings and other events, is also the month for Mays Barn open studio here in Reading. (more…)

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iPhone Drawings

iPhone Drawings

Now that Mastering Silhouettes is out of my hands I have some time to return to the studio and do some painting.  My biggest inspiration so far this year has been the (very crowded) David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy, so I've been making iPhone drawings. (more…)

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