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.

A Silhouettist’s Idea of an April Fool?

A Silhouettist’s Idea of an April Fool?

An April Fool invitation for event organisers to experience a ten-minute sitting in my virtual silhouette studio. (more…)

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Otho Barden: the Rock City Artist

Otho Barden: the Rock City Artist

Virtual Studio Day: 21st June 2021 •  Otho Barden was an American artist who cut silhouettes during the summer season at the popular tourist attraction of Rock City at the top of Lookout Mountain, Georgia. He seems to have worked there for many years, probably from the opening of Rock City in 1932 until the mid 1950s. (more…)

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April Fielding, the Crystal Palace Silhouettistte

April Fielding, the Crystal Palace Silhouettistte

The English silhouettistte April Fielding (her description, not mine) is a shadowy character. Until this month, I didn't even know her name! I only recognised a series of very fine postcard silhouettes, made in the 1900s, embedded in graphite and initialled "AF". (more…)

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