Karl Johnson is a third generation silhouette artist whose work has been featured in more than 30 magazines including The O List in Oprah, People and Elle Decor. He has created silhouettes for thousands of special people including celebrities and their children like Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore & Steven Spielberg. Now YOU can win a 5 x 7 signature silhouette of your special person at the Karl Johnson Silhouette Event at Baby Vie this Friday, August 3rd.
Two hundred years ago, long before the camera was invented, someone wishing to have an inexpensive portrait created of their loved ones would have visited a silhouette artist. Within minutes and using only a pair of scissors and a skillful eye, he would have produced a wonderful little image with a remarkable resemblance to his subject.
The name Silhouette traces back to the mid-18th century French finance minister, Etienne de Silhouette. Because his name was synonymous with doing things cheaply and because he was fond of making these images himself, this artform was named after him.
In America, Silhouettes were highly popular from about 1790 to 1840. The invention of the camera signaled the end of the Silhouette as a widespread form of portraiture. However, their popularity is being reborn in a new generation of people who appreciate the Silhouette as a nostalgic and unique way of capturing a loved one’s image.
Visit the CutArts.com website here for more information about this Friday’s special event. Enter to win your own charming keepsake that will be treasured for generations by posting a comment below! Winner will be selected tomorrow afternoon. 🙂