Phyllis Arnold has been specialising in painted portrait silhouettes since the late 1960's and is considered the top silhouette portrait artist in the United Kingdom. This has been recognised by the award of the Memorial Gold Bowl of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters.
Portraits, either head and shoulders or conversation groups, which can include domestic animals, can be executed on either card, vellum or plaster. Her unique method of painting a portrait silhouette on plaster from a single sitting, carries on a tradition of painting on a plaster surface which was used by a small number of profile artists, in the years between 1770 and 1820.
Her speciality is depicting hair and certain types of clothing with a diaphanous edging, executed with the finest delicacy. Added to this she often overpaints the soft black finish with an ochre bronzing, which adds richness and a three dimensional effect.
Her portraits are to be found in many corners of the globe and amongst her sitters can be found names from many walks of life; from Royalty and politicians to young children. Her silhouette portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was a familiar sight, when it was chosen to enhance a number of fine limited edition porcelain commemorative pieces issued by Coalport Porcelain, to mark the Silver Jubilee.
Historical or Decorative silhouettes may be commissioned in black with ochre overpainting, or with coloured costume. Jewellery sized works are overpainted with gold powder. Prices on application Alternative frames are available for Head and Shoulder portraits.
Postage, packing and insurance is extra at cost.
Please contact the Artist to discuss your interests.
Types of Portrait Silhouettes
Head and Shoulders
Gouache on plaster or vellum with Acorn frame. (A traditional Acorn frame consists of a gilt oval bezel within a black surround, surmounted by a brass acorn hanger. The glass is convex).
Three quarter length, military uniform
Gouache on plaster or vellum with Acorn frame with rectangular opening.
Gouache and ink on prepared board. Price on application, depending on size and number of sitters, type of furniture, pets etc.
Copies of existing silhouettes
Painted copies of existing family silhouettes can be produced if required. Price on application.