Burton Wonderland Gallery

When we launched our Burton Wonderland Gallery back in May, we asked for your help to put together a fantastical online collection of Burton-inspired artwork, to accompany the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI.

From paintings to photographs, collage to sculpture, drawings to costume design, we received 300 amazing and original artworks, reflecting the spirit and aesthetic of Burton.

Tim Burton graciously agreed to help us select his favourites from the abundance of artwork we received.

“I’ve been really impressed with the quality of work that I’ve seen in the In a Burton Wonderland online gallery. The artworks are so varied and interesting that it made it very hard to choose the top ten. All the artists who submitted work to ACMI should be really proud of their creations,” said Tim.

Here are the fourteen that particularly caught Tim’s eye (click to view full version).

A Waterfall of a Carnival - Kayla Joy Giese (Pen,digital 'negative'colour alteration)

Devil's Balloon - Aleck Morton

Devil's Balloon - Aleck Morton (Biro, Watercolour, Photoshop)

Buttons - Julie Ramsden

Buttons - Julie Ramsden (Crochet with mixed yarns, Fimo, wire, craft stuffing, buttons)

Think We May Need Time Apart - Courtney Brims

Think We May Need Time Apart - Courtney Brims (Pencil on paper)

Gossamer Decay - Shauna Phoon

Gossamer Decay - Shauna Phoon (Digital photography)

Love never Dies - Jennifer Reuter

Love never Dies - Jennifer Reuter (Fineliner inking, Inkscape coloring and shading in GIMP)

Mom & Children - Ricardo Nunez

Mom & Children - Ricardo Nunez (Acrylic on wood)

Sk(c)innamon - Mez Breeze

Sk(c)innamon - Mez Breeze (Photo manipulation, digital print)

Skeleton Cowboys - Fee Harding

Skeleton Cowboys - Fee Harding (ink, pen, paper)

Sparkle Vomit - Jarrah Chambers

Sparkle Vomit - Jarrah Chambers (Photography/Photoshop)

Tea & Sympathy - Rhiannon Mowat

Tea & Sympathy - Rhiannon Mowat (Acrylic on canvas and digital)

Through the eyes of a child - Matt Bottos

Through the eyes of a child - Matt Bottos (Photography, Digital editing)

We're All Mad Here - Jodee Taylah

We're All Mad Here - Jodee Taylah (Digital)

Zombie - Julie Ramsden

Zombie - Julie Ramsden (Crocheted Sculpture)

We then threw it open to you, to vote for an overall favourite. This was always going to be an interesting exercise – what would the general public favour from the diverse group of works on display?

Unfortunately, one of the artworks was unfairly targeted by spam voting, and had to be removed from the poll. Our sincere apologies go to the artist.

In this situation, it is impossible for us to determine an overall favourite, as we had originally thought we might. Thanks to everyone who voted. Our apologies to you too. We’re sure the artists got a thrill out of your votes.

So in lieu of an overall fave, we declare all of the works to be worthy of the top honours, and congratulate the artists on being given the nod by Mr Burton.

We’ll be sending each of the finalist artists a (now sold out) Tim Burton exhibition catalogue as a thank you for their energy and creativity throughout this process.

Congratulations to everyone who submitted their work and made the gallery such a weird and wonderful place to visit. You can view all of the artworks on ACMI’s Flickr.

Burton Wonderland Gallery on Flickr

Burton Wonderland Gallery on Flickr

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8 Responses to “Burton Wonderland Gallery”

  1. AleckM 14. Oct, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Great stuff! How very fair. All worthy finalists, thanks ACMI and Mr Burton!

  2. Julie Ramsden 14. Oct, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Thanks to ACMI and Tim Burton, I was more than thrilled just to be chosen in Tim’s top 14!

    Julie :-j

  3. HG 14. Oct, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Congratulations to the artist who actually won the competition!
    Have to say, if you aren’t going to count the final results – you could at least let the artists know to minimise disappointment, have we not learnt anything from that athlete recently that won the gold only to find out later it didn’t count?
    Harsh.

  4. Munkey 14. Oct, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    To ACMI the lack of professionalism you displayed in the administration of this contest was appalling.
    Sorry to have not been able to publish your full comment Munkey, but we have heard your message and are prepared to cop your criticism. – ACMI

  5. Leah 15. Oct, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    I think they’re all great finalists, there’s really no need to have to pick out one as the best. I think this outcome is quite good actually :)

    …ah darn it…the Tim Burton exhibition catalogue is sold out? >.<

  6. Christine 31. Oct, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    I have to agree with ‘Munkey’ as the final “prizes’ of Tim’s catalogue, although a treat, are hardly a fair recompense for the effort most artists put in.
    The 14 finalists would feel quite underwhelmed and deflated that their work was so undervalued as to receive such a menial and may I suggest, a last minute compensation for a competition they were lead to believe had a worthy and exciting ‘prize’ at the end! I thought the standard of all entries was amazing and all 300 entries should therefore recieve the catalogue!!
    We will never really know if it was really Tim himself who chose the finalists or have we been hoodwinked with that as well?

  7. ACMI 03. Nov, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Christine. Thanks for your feedback. For most of the artists who participated in the Wonderland Gallery, the chance to have Tim Burton see their work seemed to be the biggest draw (see Julie’s comment above – echoed by many of the 14 finalists we’ve spoken to).

    We would dearly loved to have sent everyone who submitted work a prize but budgets only stretch so far. And yes, Tim Burton really did choose his favourites from the 300 artworks submitted.

  8. J.G 18. Feb, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    This artwork is incredible! I do a lot of painting and drawing myself and I am really impressed at the quality of all the artwork submited.
    I think I should have painted or drawing somthing sent to acmi myself! I am a huge Tim Burton fan and love all of his movies!

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