Emerging French visual artist, Loïc Zimmermann has been someone we have admired for some time now. His broad spectrum of talents allows him to straddle the world of fine art and photography with a style that is uniquely his own. His edgy and sometimes dark brush paints a vision of a world that is both sensual and graphic, surreal and familiar. He is known in the 3D community for his compelling hybrid illustrations, and his work on feature films such as 'X-Men: First Class', 'True Grit', and the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Having represented many VFX artists in my career and the art being part of my husband's trade as well, there has always been talk about Loïc’s work in the Sage household. We were thrilled to discover that after incredible support from the Kickstarter community, alongside 3D-total publishing, he was able to release a collection of his work to the art community at large. The book, the inaugural publication of a new series promoting groundbreaking artists, boasts a combination of never-before-seen pieces and examples of the work that he has become famous for.
We caught up with Loïc on the inspiration behind his newly release book, e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann.
What was your inspiration behind the book?
LZ: I worked with 3D-Total in the past so I was both humbled and thrilled when they approached me with this idea of a book that would cover about a decade of works. There's medias that I've left behind, others that I picked up again after a long hiatus. This is the end of a chapter and a great way to start a new one. What matters to me is creating images, no matter which tool I use. The book is a good reflection of that.
Are you visualizing a story before shooting, or is it more random? LZ: Before shooting I only have a rough idea in mind, an intention you may say ; then I improvise. It really depends who I'm shooting with . Thing happen naturally. It's a dance, an organic process. Street photography is a mix of anticipation, practice and luck. Keeps the eye sharp. You're never bored.
Who are your favorite artist? LZ: Rauschenberg is an obvious reference in my mixed media work. I love the way he combines collage and paint. I'm also fond of his palette. The paintings and drawings of Ashley Woods are stunning, so much life in there. I was lucky to meet him last year and got him to talk for a documentary I'm shooting on William Wray, an LA based painter whose work I really enjoy. Kent Williams, also in LA. And there's Anton Corbijn, especially his work with Tom Waits. Vivian Maier's street photography caught everyone by surprise - inspiring, beautiful, subtle. Tarkovski's polaroids almost had me cry... Guy Bourdin who took fashion photography to a whole new level and never got sued for harassment... Chris Doyle for his ability to improvise with his surroundings and make it feel so natural and easy. And the list goes on...