The American University, Washington, DC, 1994
Craig Tinsky is an innovative artist raised in Miami and living in Washington DC. He is best known for pushing the medium of papercut art and and creating works that look like paintings, screen prints, etchings, and photographs. It's hard to innovate in a medium more than 2,000 years old, but Craig's work does just that - fascinating and delighting critics and collectors. In 2011, He first created a Papercut using a method that is similar to pixelation. By cutting choppy, wavy ribbons into a large sheet of paper, he creates portraits so similar to photographs that the viewer can see tiny wrinkles around a subject's eyes, and individuals hairs in a beard. Up close, there seems to be no sharp or even discernible image. As the viewer backs away from a piece, the image appears to get clearer and more detailed. This ribbon-halftone technique may be the first method by which a single-sheet papercut evokes a photograph.
Craig's work has been displayed or collected by DC's National Building Museum, the Maryland campus of the FDA, the world headquarters of Booz Allen Hamilton, the Seattle Monaco Hotel, galleries and collections in Florida, NY, NJ, DC, MD, VA, MA, WA, OR, Germany, Israel, and the UK. Among his private collectors is a Federal Judge and a Tony award winning Broadway producer.