Bryan Leboeuf, “Mosh Pit”, 2003. Oil on Linen. 60 x 48 inches. Collection of Peter N. Geisler Jr., West Palm Beach, Florida. On extended loan to MOCA Jacksonville.
Bryan Leboeuf’s painting, “Mosh Pit”, depicts a crowded expanse of bodies and limbs viewed from above, on top of which a man is suspended, held by the people below. While the subject matter of the scene is modern and profane, the striking position of the body of the main figure is reminiscent of Baroque depictions of the religious subject of the Deposition of Christ from the Cross. Leboeuf’s use of chiaroscuro lighting and other Old Master techniques enhances the artistic references to the past embodied in this seemingly contemporary subject.