The Chronicle - August 1998
Art and Soul
French Artist Celebrates Success
By Raechel Donahue
Special to the Chronicle
The Disney folk knew what they were doing when they imported Christophe Vacher from France a few years ago. His background painting on the animated features "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Goofy Movie" established him as a major contributor to the Disney development team. He is currently working on the visual aspects of "Tarzan" and the all-important Stravinsky finale for "Fantasia 2000".
But that's just Vacher's job. His personal art, although somewhat otherworldly, is hardly the stuff of cartoons. Previously exhibited in major French galleries as well as in the prestigious Powell Street Gallery in San Fransisco, his work is powerful and vibrant.
The current exhibition at Galerie Morpheus in Beverly Hills displays his fine art background and his mastery of brushwork.
Fiery and brilliant, his paintings manipulate the emotions with the skill of a symphonic conductor.
Vacher's paintings and prints will be on display (and for sale) at the exhibition's opening on Friday, Aug. 21 from 6-10 p.m.,
with refreshments for one and all. Other artists of the fantastique, such as H.R. Giger and Jacck Yerka, will also be represented. Galerie Morpheus is located at 9250 Wilshire Blvd. In Beverly Hills, and you can find it on the Web at www.morpheusint.com.