Ecce Homo are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate when he presented Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his crucifixion. The Ecce Homo is a standard component of paintings illustrating the Passion of Christ.
For this painting, I was really looking for a strong narrative with energy, physical conflict and resignation, that could shift from seriousness to the absurd and back. This painting references a scene from the Big Lebowski, in which the Dude is arrested by the Malibu police.
Whether it’s Pontius Pilate or the Chief of Police of Malibu, narrative conflict is narrative conflict, and provides a moment of tension and drama on which to build.
Six of the twelve original paintings in The Lebowski Cycle deal with the Passion of Christ: The Agony in the Garden, The Taking of Christ, Ecce Homo, The Deposition, The Lamentation, and The Supper at Emmaus. All are near completion.