Tim Burton: Pop Surrealist

Most of us probably know Tim Burton as the director of creatively dark movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd. However, last year, Burton’s art was featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). I found this exhibition haphazardly but was immediately interested by the concept of the exhibit, Burton’s Pop Surrealist artwork, and the interactivity of the exhibit itself.

The entrance to the exhibit was based off of a Burton sketch.

“This exhibition explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera from…films.” –MOMA

"Romeo and Juliet," 1981-1984

"The World of Stainboy," 2000

Sketch of Edward Scissorhands, 1990

I had no clue that Burton was so involved in the artistic aspects of his films, or even involved in traditional art at all. If you’re interested in seeing more of his works, ArtDaily cataloged a lot of his artwork from this exhibit.

There is also still an interactive portion of the exhibit linked on the MOMA website.

Lastly, this video shows comparisons of his original sketches to the final characters created for his films. Gotta love the art process!



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