Category Archives: The Lebowski Cycle

The Lebowski Cycle at MOCA Jacksonville • Feb. 3 — April 1, 2012

I was recently invited to do a painting workshop and a series of lectures at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville as part of the Barbara Ritzman Devereux Artist Workshops, in coordination with The Lebowski Cycle exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, (where I also gave a lecture on the Lebowski Cycle). I also spoke at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

These photos are of the exhibit at MOCA Jacksonville, which is up through this Sunday.

The Lebowski Cycle at MOCA Jacksonville • Opens Feb. 3 — April 1, 2012

An exhibition of paintings from The Lebowski Cycle opens tomorrow at MOCA Jacksonville. 11 paintings from the cycle are included in the exhibition, which runs through April 1st.  A talk on the series will be given at MOCA on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00, followed by a screening of The Big Lebowski at 9:00.

LECTURE – March 8:
Ideas and Process: Painting The Lebowski Cycle
7 p.m.



More information can be found on the MOCA Jacksonville website.


Lebowski Cycle etching w/ added conté & graphite @ Laguna Art Museum Auction 2012

The Taking of Christ (After Caravaggio) • Joe Forkan 2012, Conté crayon and graphite over etching and aquatint on paper, 13.25" x 23.75"

From the Laguna Art Museum website: “This stylish event will showcase works of art from over 100 premier California artists, which will be sold during a fast-paced live auction as well as an exciting silent auction. Attendees will have the opportunity to support the museum’s extraordinary education and exhibition programs by adding prestigious works of art by California artists to their collection.”

The Art Auction Preview begins Tuesday 31st, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 .p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum. Admission to the Preview is free.

The Art Auction is 6:00-9:00 Saturday Feb. 4, 2012. More info can be found on the Laguna Art Museum’s Auction website.

This reworked early stage etching is included in the Laguna Art Museum’s Auction 2012. The etching has been underway for some time and the final stage is being printed right now.

I will post more information and images soon.

The Lebowski Cycle – Jester (Detail)

Detail - Jester (After Velazquez's Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid) • Joe Forkan oil on linen, 48" x 76" (121.92 cm x 193.04 cm)

I just received some new photos of The Lebowski Cycle paintings that I had shot while the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion exhibition was still up. Photographer Susan Einstein did a great job and I got many very clear detail shots like the one above (the complete painting is here.) I’ll be swapping out some of the post images for some of the clearer ones from this shoot, and posting more process info on the paintings soon.

The show is down now, but most of the paintings (and a few additional ones) are going to travel to an exhibition of The Lebowski Cycle at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL

That exhibition opens at the end of February 2012.

More on that soon.