Artist Spotlight by Emily DuchschererKirk on Dali


Artist Spotlight by EmilyDuchschererKirk on Dali.

As promised my artist spotlight this week based on the Fascinating Salvador Dali and how his works inspires me. I will feature an artist every week, ranging from classic masters, modern art heroes to contemporary & emerging artists.

Salvador Dalí was born in 1904 and spent his childhood in Catalonia, Spain. He began painting at a very young age, his first recorded Work was in 1914 in which he painted landscapes. He was only twelve went he attended drawing school, at this time he met Picot his mentor, who introduced him to Impressionism.

Dali was expelled from the Art Academy Madrid in 1922 for refusing to take an exam on the theory of art. From then on his experimenting began and never ended until his death in 1989. He practiced many different styles of painting Cubism, Futurism, Dada. Surrealism in which by 1938 he was expelled from by the leader of the movement Andre Breton.

He focused on many religious and scientfic subjects in his career, he met Sigmund Freud in 1938 and was then fascinated with psycho analysis. 1940’s and beyond he focused on religious classical styled works.  Scientfic Focused works emerged in the 1950s he called nuclear mysticism through fascination and fear of the nuclear testing going on in the decade. Through the 1960s he created his art on visual illusion, DNA, space, the third dimension and the possibilities of the fourth dimension, an obsession with immortality and distorted images (illusional  focus) continued through the 1970s and 1980s.

Dali thought of many concepts about life and possibilities beyond what the human race has areadly discovered and understands, these thoughts were documented in his artworks. He used sculpture, paintings and film to express these ideas.

The most famous being The Persistence of Memory, 1931 (Melting clocks.) In this work the message to the public was that everything is/ can be destructible, even time.

Dali was excentric and obsessive which i believe helped him breakout of the boundaries (what other artists were trying to create) in the first half of the century. He then pushed his own ideas and illusion/ distorted images through the rest of his life based on educated and scientfic Theory.

Please take time to search for his works to see how much they differ through his life and see how fantastic they are. Here’s a link.

https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/dali-foundation/

I hope you have a great Thursday everyone,

Thanks for stopping by,

Emily.