and it will be difficult for you to guess the painter. But it’s no other than Tim Burton, yes the director, as it seems that talent is evident in everything he does!
I’m a big fan of his work: he is one of the Hollywood directors that make a difference, a true visionary who has developed a trully personal style. From the era of «Beetle Juice» (his first movie really), Burton began to create a fantasy universe that seemed to expand up until today (15 movies after), a cinema-school really. A lot to remember: «Edward Scissorhands«, «Planet of the Apes«; the guy hasn’t shot a boring movie.
So, it’s really interesting that there is currently an exhibition at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York).
The exhibition shines with inspiration. Between haunted houses, ghosts and monsters, Burton puts in-display his imagination – the center of all his art. As he puts it, in the beginning he tried to blend-in with the environment and paint with the way he sees around him, at one point he got bored and said:«Fuck it, I can’t. I’m just going to draw the way I’m going to draw», good news for all of us… because this is art and really at its best!
This major career retrospective on Tim Burton (American, b. 1958), consisting of a gallery exhibition and a film series, considers Burton’s career as a director, producer, writer, and concept artist for live-action and animated films, along with his work as a fiction writer, photographer and illustrator. Following the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work, the exhibition presents artwork generated during the conception and production of his films, and highlights a number of unrealized projects and never-before-seen pieces, as well as student art, his earliest non-professional films, and examples of his work as a storyteller and graphic artist for non-film projects. The opposing themes of adolescence and adulthood, and the elements of sentiment, cynicism, and humor inform his work in a variety of mediums—drawings, paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-image formats, puppets and maquettes, props, costumes, ephemera, sketchbooks, and cartoons. Taking inspiration from sources in pop culture, Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as a spiritual experience, influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.
Burton’s films include Vincent (1982), Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (as creator and producer) (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Sweeney Todd (2007); writing and Web projects include The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997) and Stainboy (2000).