About a year ago, I stumbled upon the website of artist Dan Lydersen in such a random manner that I can't even recall now how it happened or how I got there. I just remember seeing his work and being totally blown away that #1) he was this good and #2) I had never seen his work before. So I immediately booked him into Crazy 4 Cult, the art show where we book our highest number of new artists (either to showing at galleries in general or just to 1988). And I just sat back and waited to see what Dan would come up with. And today I found out.
Quite possibly one of the most impressive Crazy 4 Cult pieces ever (not quite possibly in my mind, cause I think it is), this painting is epic. Based on the 1485 Hieronymus Bosch painting, The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, Dan references 19 different cult movies, all in the spirit of the original masterpiece seen here...
Dan took each of the deadly sins, and employed different cult characters into each depiction. Check this out...
I'm nervous the scale doesn't come off on the blog, but it's 30 inches in diameter, and almost every square inch has complexities all over it. Just like Bosch's original, each section represents a different sin. For example, "Envy" (written in Latin on both versions) is represented by Francis wanting Pee-Wee's bike and John Cusack kissing his girlfriend before his life turns to a downhill ski slope in Better Off Dead. "
"Pride" is displayed using The Jesus from The Big Lebowski, the girls from Heathers, members of the world's greatest band Spinal Tap and a small nod to Monty Python.
I'm not going to ruin them all for you, so here are some others...
And in the original, you have Jesus Christ looking on from the middle. In Dan's, it's Edward, with a nice little message from Evil Dead below him.
Dan made a key to point out all the references, as some are very small and obscure, but I won't post it yet because I know you guys like to guess. I'll post it in a few days.
This piece is epic! Can't wait for more!