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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.


The Lebowski Cycle – The Baptism of Christ (After Carracci)

Baptism of Christ (After Carracci) • Joe Forkan 2011, oil on linen 24” x 38"”

Here is another painting from the exhibition. I haven’t written much about the process of the last few paintings that I’ve posted, but I will update the posts with more information after the opening. This painting is based on the tradition of Baptism paintings, of which there are many variations.

Baptism of Christ • Annibale Carracci 1584 Oil on canvas San Gregorio, Bologna

This is the smallest painting in the Cycle, and the composition is much simpler than the other work. Initially it was much more complex, with plans for two additional panels, but ultimately I decided the middle panel did everything I wanted the painting to do.

I was particularly drawn to Annibale Carracci’s painting on the theme from 1584.

The Lebowski Cycle at The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA • Sept 10 – Oct 28, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10th 6-10pm

I will be giving a Gallery Talk about the Lebowski Cycle at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion on Thursday, September 29th, from 7-10.

More info on the lecture and the exhibition is available here:

Salton Sea Museum Exhibition

In conjunction with Desertscapes: A Month Long Celebration of Plein Air Artwork occurring throughout the Coachella Valley during April, the Salton Sea History Museum will present its inaugural exhibition,Valley of the Ancient Lake: Works Inspired by the Salton Sea. The opening reception will be on Sunday, April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. The museum is open daily from 10 am-4 pm (closed Wed. & Thurs.)

My work will be exhibited alongside work by Bill Leigh Brewer (photography), Cristopher Cichocki (new media),Andrew Dickson (artist), Mary-Austin Klien (landscape artist), Christopher Landis (photography, author of In Search of Eldorado: The Salton Sea), Deborah Martin (American realist painter), Eric Merrell (artist), Joan Myers (photography, Salt Dreams), and Kim Stringfellow (photography,  author of Greetings From the Salton Sea).

Accompanied by a full-color catalogue and curated by Deborah Martin, the exhibit will also include historic works of the area.

The Salton Sea History Museum is located inside of the historic North Shore Beach & Yacht Club on the north shore of the Salton Sea. Recently restored, this architectural landmark was designed by famed mid-century architect Albert Frey, who went on to design many homes and buildings in Palm Springs. The Club was a favorite hangout of the Beach Boys, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and many other entertainers during it’s heyday in the 1950s and 60s.

Salton Sea Dusk I • Joe Forkan 2010 Oil on Panel 7.375" x 16"

Salton Sea Dusk II • Joe Forkan 2010 Oil on Panel 5.25" x 10.75"

Andrew Dickson, Late Afternoon Down Harbor Drive, 11 x 24, Oil on canvas, © Andrew Dickson

Amongst numerous artist talks and lectures during April, Eric Merrell, Andrew Dickson, and myself will speak at the Salton Sea History Museum on April 23 from 1-3 pm on “The Artist’s Eye: Landscape Painting in the Desert”, covering our individual approaches to painting on location in the desert.

Eric Merrell, Salton Sea, Haze, 30″ x 30″, Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Read more at – Inaugural Salton Sea Exhibit Opens April 1.

Bombay Beach, Salton Sea • Joe Forkan 2010 Oil on Panel 10" x 10"