Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Silhouette Portraits Hot in ‘06?

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Forget photos. An artist who’s handy with the scissors says people are going retro – way retro – with 18th century style cut-out silhouette portraits.

L.A.-based artist Karl Johnson has been hand-cutting profiles all his life and says business is better than ever.

With requests from magazines, design firms and movie studios to do portraits, Johnson figures silhouettes must be hot again. In his words, “Especially today with everything becoming so hyper-technological, people are hearkening back to a simpler time.”

Though he calls it a “minimalistic art form” and “a very simplistic rendering of someone,” Johnson also does quite complicated silhouette pieces, like his tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, featuring elements from Psycho, Rear Window and The Birds.

The artist admits he loves to get unusual requests because, he says, “It gets my creative juices flowing.”

One such request was from a woman who brought her kangaroo along for a portrait. That day, Johnson says he learned, “The profile of a kangaroo is completely indistinguishable from a rat.”

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