The Big Lebowski has been one of my all time favourite films since the first time I watched it, and I’ve always considered it a work of art in its own right. Whether it’s the amazing lineup, the superb storytelling, the endless array of infinitely repeatable quotes, or even the underlying message to just relax and take it easy. While I’ve just admired the film, artist Joe Forkan has taken this idea one step further, and recreated 14 scenes from the cult classic in a series of paintings and drawings called The Lebowski Cycle.
Now I’m going to level with you, The Lebowski Cycle isn’t particularly new, but I only became aware of it recently and felt compelled to share it. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I’d gone this long without seeing these, but what are you going to do eh.
While obviously being based on the Coen Brothers’ movie, each individual piece of art also takes inspiration from various masterpieces of western art, with references to Titian, Caravaggio, Jacque-Louis David and more. Now I’m no art buff, so those names don’t mean all that much to me, although I did recognise some of the original paintings these were based on.
If I had my way, I’d have every single one of these beautiful paintings hung up around my flat, but at $225 / $325 a pop, I think they’re a little bit out of my price range. I guess for now I’ll just have to settle for using them for my computer background.
You can bet they would really tie a room together though.
P.S. If you want to find out more about The Lebowski Cycle or Joe Forkan, you can do so by visiting his website.