When an artist gets inside the head of a director like Tim Burton it is a good thing. That is what Sam Carter has done literally-- getting into the head of 11 Tim Burton characters and displaying the essential visual motifs inside their brain. These silhouettes were created for the recent Popzilla art show currently showing at the Rothick Art Haus in Los Angeles through the rest of November.
In a statement from his website Carter explain his influences and the genesis of his pieces for the show:
Growing up I was glued to movies and TV, I found myself always having them on as background noise while I drew, which is probably why my brain memorized word for word most of these flicks. I have a feeling I have listened to more movies than actually watched. If a language existed that was based completely on movie quotes I would be fluent. So needless to say, as a kid I produced a lot of art based on these types of subjects. There are a few in every school, the kids that can draw Garfield, then later it was Bart Simpson or something. I never put any real thought into it, just for fun. It was fan art, which oddly enough I donâ€™t care for. So itâ€™s official, Iâ€™m a hypocrite. Hating fan art and seeing it as amateur as it is, is why I never thought I could do anything with it. It would be something the serious art world would not even look at. Plus most of it out there was dogfood. But what made it click for me when I got older was when they combined these movies with classic art. Itâ€™s a fine line, and I donâ€™t always hit it on the head. But if there is a way to make a statement, or give tribute to something from one of the art masters I am a happy guy. Itâ€™s fun to paint, plain and simple. Which is why in the past few years I paint what I enjoy, and I enjoy all things Pop.
After months of working on these guys, I’m happy to be able to premiere them finally. Here are the 9 silhouettes I created for the Burton Show. I picked 9 because when split by 3, I was able to pick 3 from each decade of the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Wish I could have said I planned that but it was a happy accident. Come see them in person on display at the show.