26.01.2019 by Charles Burns
I’m happy to announce that my studio catalogue for 2019 has now been launched. Click here to download your free copy!
At the start of 2018 I went out and bought a set of twelve 40″ x 30″ canvases. I drew silhouettes on them all and set about painting them using an earlier series of small oil landscapes as source material. So far I finished seven of them and plan to finish the rest this year. These form the bulk of this year’s catalogue, which is the first Ive made for a number of years.
I hope to restart the publication of annual catalogues from this year onwards.
“Can a scissor-cut silhouette be called a portrait? Superficially, the answer would appear to be “Yes”. Yet, after years of cutting them, I still find myself fascinated by what is missing from a silhouette as much as what is included. Silhouettes are known as “shades” for a reason; there is literally nothing there, just the shadow remains. What happens when a drawing or painting is placed inside a silhouette? For me, it becomes a kind of window, a keyhole image into another world. I’ve been finding all kinds of things inside these internal landscapes.”