Born in Burbank (1958), Tim Burton studied at the California Institute of Arts before beginning work at the Walt Disney Studios as an animator. Later, Burton started working alone and took inspiration from pop culture, fairy tale and gothic styles. He began to reinvent filmmaking in Hollywood, expressing his own personal vision, becoming a trusted and well established producer.
A major retrospective exploring the full range of Burton's work including his illustrations, photography, costume concepts, animation and written work is now on display at the LACMA (Los Angeles). The exhibition includes many objects which come from the artist's own archive and private collections of his collaborations.
Large scales installations are also part of the exhibit around the gallery grounds. Taking at least an hour to explore the full extend, the exhibition is a wonderful celebration of Burton's work and provides a fantastic insight into the way in which his work has evolved over time. There are so many sketches and drawings showing Burton's thought process as he created major titles such as Edward Scissorhands and Batman, if you're in the area, don't miss it!
The exhibition runs until October 31, 2011 at the Resnick Pavilion (LACMA).