One of the most polarizing science fiction movies of 2012, Prometheus will continue to alienate or please audiences for years to come. The film was Ridley Scott’s return to the science fiction genre, and the Alien franchise, but it left many audiences lukewarm that it couldn’t live up to expectations. Still, it added a lot of intriguing concepts to the world of Alien, and if nothing else it’s given fans some more ideas to mull over. Case in point: a new artist’s rendition of the film’s Engineers, depicting the mysterious creators as gods in “Prometheus and God.”
Artist Dejan Jovanovic gets his inspiration from Michelangelo’s 16th Century masterpiece, “The Creation of Adam” — the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Italy. Jovanovic places the left side as technology and the right side as the divine, both meeting at one point in his work. It’s quite beautiful while at the same time mildly disturbing. As Jovanovic describes the piece:
…left side describes the Prometheus technology and the snake that is a metaphor for the danger to creativity. the right side I tried to do a completely different world of giger, right side is a man and his first and divine side, (big fish girl body with the baby at the end of the antenna) man must choose to which side to tie umbilical coard.
“Prometheus and God” is just one piece in Jovanovic series of Prometheus-inspired paintings, the rest of which can be found below. His titles range from “Space Jockey Engine” to “Prometheus Temple,” and all of his work seems to meld the ideas of technology and the organic merged into one nightmarish whole.
Dejan Jovanovic is a freelance illustrator, stop-motion animator, and concept artist from Serbia. He has been based in Washington, DC since 2002. Considering its dreamlike quality, the works of Salvador Dali and Tim Burton have inspired him.