Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali´ discovered modern painting at the age of twelve, and the following year his father organized an exhibition of his charcoal drawings in their family home. He had his first public exhibition in 1919 and entered art school in 1922. However, shortly before his final exams Dali´ was expelled when he stated that, no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him During one of his many trips to Paris in the late 1920s, Dali´ met and worked alongside artists such as Picasso, Miro and Magritte. Through his many artistic experimentations with Impressionism, Dadaism, Cubism, and Futurism, Dali´ finally settled into and became the leader of Surrealism. In 1934, Dali´ was introduced to America by art dealer Julien Lev, where his exhibition, including the iconic painting Persistence of Memory, created an immediate sensation. Dali´ was highly imaginative, and also enjoyed indulging in unusual and grandiose behavior. 

His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork. Although most known for his dream-like surrealistic imagery, Dali´ was actually a man of hard sciences. His explorations of these dichotomies; where time becomes fluid rather than linear and laws of gravity are overturned, expose the complexity of his mind. The melted watch is the most well-known and beloved of Dali´'s iconoclastic images - the artist chose to portray this image consistently throughout his lifetime, beginning in 1932. The ever- present fluidity of time is represented in this sculpture as time not only moving, but dancing in rythm to the beat of the universe. Universal time knows no limits; it must be remembered that time, as we understand it, is a human notion. Instead, Dalinian time is perpetual and 'dances on' stopping for no man, history or even the cosmos.

March - June 2017
Heather James Fine Art - Palm Desert
May 6-9, 2016
New York City
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