The Byzantine Series, Historic Byzantine-Style Paintings of Modern-Day Pop Culture Characters

Link, Legend of Zelda
Link, Legend of Zelda

Athens, Greece-based artist Fotis Varthis has created The Byzantine Series, a collection of historic Byzantine-style paintings of modern-day pop culture characters. You can view more paintings from his series on Behance.

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.

Walter White, Breaking Bad
Walter White, Breaking Bad

Chewbacca, Star Wars
Chewbacca, Star Wars

Gandalf the Grey, Lord of the Rings
Gandalf the Grey, Lord of the Rings

Lion-o, Thundercats
Lion-O, Thundercats

images via Fotis Varthis

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