Fotis Varthis has painted some popular sci-fi/fantasy characters iconographically (Link from Zelda, Chewbacca from Star Wars, etc.) in a gallery he calls "The Byzantine Series." He explains it thus:
"Byzantine painting is a language as any kind of art and it doesn't necessarily express a religious statement. For me this concept of illustrating known -fantasy- characters in Byzantine way began as a mistake when I was trying to draw a prophet and the face reminded me of Saruman! Then I thought that it would be fun to try to depict a variety of characters in that way and I will continue this project as long as it goes. Nothing to do with Orthodoxy or any other religion though."Having posted similar convergences of the sacred with the everyday, I can say with some experience that people will pitch a tent in one of three camps.
- The first encampment will say, "Glory to God! Maybe some people will see these images, get interested in icons, and find the Church!"
- The second canton will remark, "How dare he use 'windows into heaven' to show us the profane! Icons are prayer and this is blasphemous! Why are you even posting this?!"
- The third group will look over the pictures and say, "Cool," then share this post on Facebook.
|Eddard Stark, Game of Thrones|