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Explore Lebo’s take on “The Last Supper”

 In Artists & Special Collections, Lebo, Patrick Guyton
The Last Supper The Passion Lebo

“The Passion” by Lebo. The Miami-based artist used da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” as inspiration for this work.

In honor of the Easter holiday, we are taking a look at Park West Gallery artist David “Lebo” Le Batard’s painting “The Passion,” which was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

“The Last Supper” is based on the Bible scene found in the Gospel of John. In da Vinci’s mural, he depicts Jesus and his 12 disciples when Jesus announced one of them would betray him. Nearly every disciple has a look of shock or surprise in reaction to the revelation.

Lebo says his 2015 painting uses da Vinci’s mural as a departure point. He says he wanted to create an image that took a masterwork and rearranged it while maintaining the essence of the original painting.

“What drew me to ‘The Last Supper’ was the way it almost plays like a drama,” he says. “Each figure, from their faces to their hands, tells a part of the tale – the way two figures are placed together balances out through rhythm and dynamic composition.”

The Last Supper

“Última Cena – Da Vinci 5” by Leonardo da Vinci. Scan by http://www.haltadefinizione.com/ in collaboration with the Italian ministry of culture. Scan details. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In Lebo’s work, he depicts Jesus and his disciples in his post-modern cartoon expressionism style, using only their faces and a few hands instead of full bodies. Most notably, a hand next to the face of Jesus is making a peace sign.

A blue-gray background of glitter brings out the bold colors of each face. Lebo was inspired to use glitter in his artwork from Park West Gallery artist Patrick Guyton.

“I was seeing all this gold leafing he was doing and the way he played with light, and it really fascinated me, so I wanted to do my own version of that,” he says. “It really makes your eyes dance.”

“The Last Supper” has directly inspired a multitude of artists over the years, including Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. It is considered one of the world’s most famous and studied paintings, and has been referenced and satirized in film and literature.

Lebo says this isn’t the only masterwork that has inspired him. He has used “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso and “The Third of May” by Francisco Goya as departure points as well as Piet Mondrian’s “Reclining Nude” and “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Hokusai.

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  • John Snyder
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    Stylistic and interesting but respectful and somewhat reverential. A wonderful viewpoint on a standard image/idea.

  • Bill Klossner
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    As a retired pariah pastor I am blown away by Lebo’s take. It captures the drama, and yet the closeness the disciples must have felt for one another after their life journey together.

  • Jeanette Tomasullo-Morelli
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    …a beautiful, religious experience. Lebo’s The Last Supper is perfect for my dining room. Yesterday I asked my sister for mom’s Last Supper wooden artwork. She’s keeping it in her home.Tell me more.

  • robert w. nalley
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    As I compared the DaVinci inspiration, I noticed the repetition of coloration as in the original…..minus any light in the grey background…..I confirm what Bill Klossner observed regarding the closeness and emotion revealed

  • Linda Reed
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    Just wonderful! This would be a great counterpart to Mystic…joy, beauty, and love.

  • Ron Storey
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    I have several of David’s original works. Each piece resonates our search for answers about our creator. This one is no different. “What we think we know” is still my favorite.

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