These "Un-portraits" were created by Brazilian artist Lucas Simoes by cutting, layering, and overlapping portrait photos of his close friends. He asked each subject to tell him a secret while he attempted to capture their expression during their revelation. He also asked for their input of what "color" the secret was, which he used in his compositions.
This site, run by the featured Australian artist, Sue Codee, includes her new series of work-personal and biographical paper cut portraits. In this series, she explores "narrative themes of human fragility, stories of place, people and community, while touching on personal and more universal themes." She also creates commissioned papercuts of this variety.
Taiwanese ceramic artist Fan Chung-de is featured in this Taipei Times article for his unique clay creations that merge traditional pottery techniques with the well-known folk art of paper-cutting, thus merging a 2-D personal expression with a 3-D format. He is currently seeking a patent for this technique and believes that the profile style of his work creates a vivid, accurate sense of the individual that is portrayed.
Diana Bryan is an award-winning artist/illustrator/animator that works with papercutting.
Her work has appeared in many galleries and museums including The Smithsonian, The Society of Illustrators in NYC and The Library of Congress.
She is a faculty member of the Parsons School of Design and of the Syracuse University Master of Arts Program. She is a researcher and Board of Directors member of the Arts, Crafts, Theater, Safety (A.C.T.S.) Organization.
This image is an example of her current passion of papercutting, which she often turns into steel sculptures using computers and lasers. Her work is used in architectural tile design, children's books, murals and animation.
Ming Liang Lu, 57, cuts intricate portraits of commuters in his own unique style which stems from several ancient Chinese art forms that are reflective of his Shanghai teaching lineage. He quickly creates cut portrait notations of each new person he meets, sometimes completing the image after the person has already walked away. Observers say that his collage of mini portraits on the subway wall show a true representation of the diversity of the people in Manhattan.
Images from the 2012 exhibit "Misunderstanding Focus" by the Japanese duo Nerhol (Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Iida). The exhibit was composed of 27 topographically layered time-lapse portraits, intricately cut and compiled to show a human's inability to sit completely still.
A little world of paper and folds...Inspired by nature, French artist Maryse Dugois creates these beautiful forms using translucent paper. She uses paper and light to create a whimsical and pure-feeling environment.
Paul Overton of North Carolina is the creator of the blog "Dude Craft." Although he has not been creating papercuts for a long amount of time, his studies of the craft, as seen in this Elvis Costello papercut, are fascinating grayscale depictions of various celebrities.
Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College in MA who works in the areas of drawing, artist's books, cut paper, embroidery, sculpture, installation art, animation and large-scale public art. The work pictured is the original album art and poster for the band Court Yard Hounds (2010).
French-American artist Béatrice Coron specializes in cuttings that are used in artist books, illustrations, and public art. Her cut designs are made from a variety of media encompassing paper, glass, metal, stone, rubber, stained glass, and digital media. She uses memories, word associations, and observations to juxtapose images into newly-found worlds and situations. She invites the viewer to interpret her work from their own personal experiences and believes that the process of papercutting reflects how everything in life is connected.
These images show some wonderful paper cut sculpting by Kris Trappeniers, a contemporary stencil artist based in Belgium. The wire-like intricacy displayed here is a sample of a stencil template that Trappeniers uses with spray paint to complete elegant, stunning portraits in value scales.
Originally an aristocratic artform of the 18th century, Kara Walker began using the art form of papercutting in 1993 to create wall-sized figures and scenes that comment on racial stereotypes and social roles in a cartoonish way.