Brian Flora
Brian Flora

Concept Artist

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Brian Flora has been working as a Matte painter and concept artist for fifteen years. His work can be seen in films such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, Batman Returns, The Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions, and Star Wars Episode One. As a Matte Painter, Brian has produced a body of work that is among the most memorable in the industry.

Brian was born in Walnut Creek, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1990. He began his professional career in 1988 as an assistant Matte artist at Industrial Light and Magic. During the next five years, Brian developed and refined his traditional matte painting skills working as a freelancer for the acclaimed artists Michael Pangrazio at Matte World and Mark Sullivan at Compound Eye. In 1995 he made the transition to digital painting while working at Rocket Science, a video game company based in San Francisco. In 1996 Brian returned to Industrial Light and Magic, quickly rose to the position of senior matte artist, and created some of the most iconic imagery seen in Star Wars Episode One.

In August 2000 Brian left ILM to collaborate with Jonathan Rothbart, Stuart Maschwitz, and Scott Stewart, founders of the Orphanage - a visual effects and film studio. There he created, managed and supervised a world class matte painting department for work on Hellboy.

Brian Flora joined the Ice Blink team for Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, after previously working with the group on The Polar Express. Brian's strength lies in his ability to add dramatic mood to an image, while at the same time creating photo realistic imagery.