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Dali: The Artist Who Warped Time

Updated on June 23, 2017

The Pied Piper Of Surrealism

Salvador Dalii has been one of my muses for a long time. The graphic portrait to the left is my tribute to the muse. What first impressed me most about this artist's work was his way with depicting time.

Salvador Dali is the first artist who comes to mind that could visually describe the literal meaning of a 'time warp.'


My Dali Litho From Germany
My Dali Litho From Germany

My Time With The Art Of Dali

In the late 1970s, there was a small private Salvador Dali Gallery in Ohio. I was one of the fortunate people invited to view the collection. It was showcased in a small, old two story house in a remote location. It did not look like a gallery on the outside, but inside it was the art of Dali. All original, wall to wall, floor to ceiling - it was all Dali.. There were original works by Dali, rack upon rack in room upon room of signed prints and books of Dali, by Dali, and for Dali. To this day, it was and still is one of the most amazing collections I have ever seen.

Dali was still alive at that time, and it was rumored that he was acquainted with the owner of the home, and he frequented the place on occasion . Throughout the mini-museum walk through, I got the feeling that Dali's eyes were upon us as we viewed the collection.

One of the most fascinating things in the museum was Dali's technical art. There were many original works of art, paintings, and prints in the small museum, but there was a single unique piece that stands out in my mind as being the most inventive. If my memory serves correctly, his piece was titled, "Whipped Cream."

Dali's holograph of Gala was designed on a 1:6 scale. The table-top three-dimensional art displays his wife, Gala, standing on a round stage writing in script the words, "Whipped Cream." Gala wrote the words in reverse - mirror like so that the viewer was reading the words from left to right, as she wrote them from right to left from within her field of range.

Dali's holographic high tech art was way ahead of its time. Sr. Dali was one of the first fine artists to create holographic art, and it still humbles me that I got to see it. It would be wonderful to learn if this magnificent piece still exists. This exhibit of dimensional art in perpetual motion was exceptionally creative. After his death, the house gallery was sold, and the artwork moved from Ohio to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Salvador Dali Videos

Dali was a fascinating man. His ego said one thing, his art said another. In one of his interviews he plainly stated that he was 'not a very good painter.'

An Interview With Merv Griffin

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Dali: Biography

Salvador Dali: The Paintings A Double Boxed Set - A Double Boxed Set

A true artist knows that time is irrelevant when it comes to great art. Great art not only withstands the test of time, but manages to take on a life of its own. Anyone who loves the surreal works of Salvador Dali will love this two volume set that contains of plate after plate of this fine artist's works.

Salvador Dali 1904-1989 (2 Vols.)
Salvador Dali 1904-1989 (2 Vols.)

This timeless collection is a keeper, a real surreal art lover's obsession.


Do you have a Dali experience? Have you ever met Salvador Dali? Do you like his art? What do you think about Dali's work? You are welcome to share your thoughts about the artist here.

© 2007 Tonie Cook

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love Dali's surreal art. Thanks for reminding me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dali was a great artist, I'm a big fan of his art. Pretty cool page.

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      I have the pleasure of living in Florida and have been to the Dali Museum. He was amazing! I have not yet visited the new one yet. Will update this when I get a chance to go! :) Great lens!

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Great lens (and title). I like Dali and have seen a lot of his work. He was very prolific.

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      Before Dali died I was at a gallery in San Francisco who featured him. They had a video of him playing continually showing him eating paper. True. I was for whatever reason intrigued by that. He died a short time later. Since then I have acquired several books about him to add to my art library. He was sure a strange and dare I say twisted in many ways. Viva la twist sometimes because what came forth from his artistic soul gave us visuals that are not only memorable but quite thought provoking. An artists goal it always to create a new avenue of though which Dali did indeed accomplish.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      I am an art collector although I don't have any Dali works -- a friend of ours does. I love art lenses like yours! 5*****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice one. I knew a bit about Dali, but now I know a lot more. Thanks.