Christophe Vacher

Christophe Vacher

"Storm Breakers"
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 in.
Available as a limited edition giclee print

Christophe Vacher is a multi-talented artist who has provided backgrounds and visual development for Walt Disney Feature Animation since 1993.

A native of France, Vacher worked at Disney's Paris-based animation studio for three years, where he painted backgrounds for such animated films as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Runaway Brain" and served as head of background for the 1995 feature, "A Goofy Movie".

Relocating to California in 1996, he continued his association with Disney, where his most recent credits have included painting backgrounds for "Hercules," "Tarzan" and the powerful Stravinsky Firebird finale for "Fantasia 2000". In addition, he has conontributed visual development for the Studio's ambitious new in-house computer-animated feature, "Dinosaur." Among his latest assignments, he is working on visual development and backgrounds for "Treasure Planet."
Christphe Vacher

"The Source"
Oil on canvas
18 inches x 24 inches
It is hard for me to discuss my own work; like your own handwriting, it is something that, at this point, is simply a part of me. People often ask me: "What inspires you to paint?" or "What's the meaning of your paintings?"

Well, my work is mostly inspired by music, travel and personal experiences. Each painting can either put you in another world, in the middle of a story or simply be the expression in symbols of my inner feelings.
Christophe Vacher

The Giants
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches.

In terms of technique, I generally work on canvas prepared with two coats of gesso. I do a pencil sketch on paper, then on the canvas before painting with oils and alkyds or acrylic.

Even though animation has helped me a lot in practicing my skills, my actual style is influenced by old schools like the Hudson River, The Romantics and the European Symbolists for their grandiose, theatrical scenery; my style has also been shaped by contemporary artists like Sandorfi, Beksinski, Ugarte and The Visionaries (Les Visionnaires) in France. All of these I credit for their striking visions.

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