Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Joshua Budich's Coen Brothers Inspired Artwork

UPDATE 2 (6/20): In addition to Budich's already on sale "O Brother" print, his Big Lebowski prints, "Dude, Donny & Maude" and "The Stranger, The Jesus & Walter," will be available on Wednesday (6/22) at 12-noon PST through his store. Nobody calls me Lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I'm the Dude, man.

UPDATE 1 (6/14): Joshua Budich's "O Brother" print will be available tomorrow (6/15) at 12-noon PST through his store. He's got about 50 copies to sell and each prints will cost $65 plus shipping. These are likely to go fast, so be ready. Good luck!

The "Quentin vs. Coen" madness continues, although today's post is decidedly much more Coen-centric. In addition to his insanely beautiful Pulp Fiction print, which I wrote about last week, Joshua Budich has also created three fantastic prints inspired by the works of Joel and Ethan Coen. If you're a fan of either O Brother, Where Art Thou or the pro-White Russian Big Lebowski then you'll definitely want to have these hanging on your wall.

O Brother

Let's start this off with Joshua's brilliant "O Brother" poster. You can immediately see why Budich is quickly becoming a go-to-guy for inspired film art. I want this, nay, need this poster hanging in opposition to his Pulp Fiction print. First things first, I've just got to say how impressive it is that he managed to fit practically every character from the film in the 24" x 36" dimensions (sorry Mark Munson, also known as uncredited KKK member, you didn't make the cut). For those with an eye for detail you'll notice he even managed to get a case of Dapper Dan Pomade and everyone's favorite cow (yep, the one that survived the flood) in the artwork - it's like a depression era Where's Waldo? I think the only way this poster could get any better is, if in addition to the fantastic art, you could also put it in your CD player and have it play the film's soundtrack (easily one of my favorite albums in the last two decades). The "O Brother" print is limited to an edition of 100 and was printed by D&L Screenprinters. The poster isn't available yet, but be sure to subscribe to Joshua's mailing list and visit his store vigorously and often (not necessarily in that order) if you want to grab one before they run out. And if you haven't seen one of my favorite Coen Brothers films, what are you doing reading this?! Watch O Brother, Where Art Thou right now and enjoy every second of it.

Dude, Donny & Maude

The Stranger, The Jesus & Walter

I wanted to group these last two together, because I honestly can't imagine them apart from one another - it's like vodka, coffee liqueur and cream, they all belong in the same glass (that was another White Russian reference if you're keeping track). No matter who your favorite character is, and everyone's got a favorite character from The Big Lebowski, chances are pretty good that he or she is on display in one of these prints. Budich's triptychs manage to capture each character in their most honest moment and expression: Jesus - creepy pedophiliac confidence, Walter - anger, and The Dude - confusion and disbelief with a generous helping of amusement. If you are a lover of The Big Lebowski, and who isn't, then this is a must own. Like the "O Brother" print above, "Dude, Donny & Maude" and "The Stranger, The Jesus & Walter" were created by Joshua Budich for Spoke Art's second round of the "Quentin vs. Coen" art show and will be available through Joshua's website soon. Both posters measure 18" x 24" and are limited to an edition of 100. I don't have any price information yet, but if you subscribe to his mailing list I'm sure that will be announced shortly. Well that's it for tonight, to learn more about Mr. Budich be sure to visit website at

In the immortal words of Ulysses Everett McGill, "I don't want FOP damn it, I'm a Dapper Dan Man!"

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