Ahab vs Zissou

These are the first two paintings of a visual essay I've been working on comparing Life Aquatic to Moby Dick, using the visuals of Wes Anderson and John Huston's movies.

Both stories center around powerful and deranged captains who seek revenge from a giant sea creature.  Both captains are injured by the sea creature, and their hunt leads them on an adventure at great cost to their crew. When the creature is finally tracked down, neither men are able to destroy it.

This is my first project of the new year and I was surprised to see Moby Dick in my horoscope for the first week of Jan!  Maybe the stars are watching.

Posted on January 4, 2012 .