Blog: @silhouettist

A modern-day silhouettist tells his story.
Charles Burns writes about his explorations into the art and history of silhouette. His mission is to bring this often-overlooked art to a wider, appreciative audience.

Prosopographus: the silhouette automaton

Prosopographus: the silhouette automaton

As an artist interested in science I'm aways fascinated by weird pseudo-scientific ideas of the past, especially if they involve silhouettes. Once which caught my eye recently is the Prosopographus.  (more…)

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Fifty Shades and a Square Meal

Fifty Shades and a Square Meal

For the last few weeks I’ve been toying with an idea for a new book. I'm thinking about a picture book, a “guess the silhouette” collection of cuttings. It's the kind of book I hope somebody would love to receive in a Christmas stocking.   (more…)

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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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En Grisaille Portrait Silhouettes

En Grisaille Portrait Silhouettes

I began playing with an en grisaille portrait many years ago. At the time, I was experimenting with traditional techniques for adding gold details (known as embellishing) and began scribbling pencil notes on my white copies. I began to find these white copies more interesting than the finished silhouettes! (more…)

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Should an Artist Recycle their Art?

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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Mays Barn 2019 Studio Catalogue

Mays Barn 2019 Studio Catalogue

Download my 2019 art catalogue. (more…)

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