ARTISTS WHO CUT
I’m knee deep in Washington DC right now. The weather is pretty spectacular, and I’m museum and monument hopping for a couple more days. Visiting all of these incredible buildings, and admiring artist’s work has become a hotbed of inspiration for me. I have so many ideas swirling in my head, and unfortunately it will be 4 weeks before I can put knife to paper again.
To channel my creative energy, and since I received so many questions about the type of work that I do, I compiled a list of some amazing papercut artists. I selected a range of artistic styles and methods, to give a good cross section of just what can be achieved by simply cutting paper. Well the idea is simple, but the execution is calculatingly beautiful.
I chose Famille Summerbelle as my first artist, because I seem to recall that she was my original introduction to this art form. She is known for her hand cut illustrated city maps, but I love the reflecting buildings piece shown. She typically cuts one map, and then uses it as a template to create reproductions by laser cutting. In recent years she has moved into product design, but I hope she has some new artwork up her sleeve.
My favorite papercut artist is Thomas Witte. I am continually blown away at what he cuts from enlarged photographs of urban landscapes. He started his artistic journey by creating graffiti stencils, and then decided to do away with the paint. He cuts people amazingly well, a subject I have yet to undertake, but it’s his interpretation of buildings, molding, and trim that has my attention and admiration.
Karl Johnson is silhouette artist to the stars. He is known for hand cutting profiles with scissors at live events, so no template and with people watching. That’s too much pressure for me. I chose this layered silhouette piece to share, because of its simplicity compared to the other artists. It may look simple, but every cut matters. The subtle layering of paper and detail gives just enough information to tell the story.
These are just a handful of the ridiculously talented artists out there cutting paper. Click on the artwork to see more of each artist…you won’t be disappointed. Also, I’ve attached a couple videos if you want to see these guys in action.