He had a pet ocelot and ocelots are cool.
He was mostly known for his paintings, especially The Persistance of Memory. His work is often filed under surrealism and more often than not his pieces were a bit macabre. Today I'm going to show off some of his morbid pieces.
The Face of War 1940-41
The Sickly Skull of Venereal Disease
"In the 1940’s, Salvador Dali painted this masterful poster for the armed forces to warn soldiers against the dangers of fornicating with loose foreign hussies and contracting venereal disease. The composition of the sickly green skull from the pert-breasted prostitutes is just breathtaking, especially the way their milky upper thighs, exposed above garters, form the front teeth." -Link
photograph by Philippe Halsman (Yeah, probably one of the only times you'll see nudity on this blog.)
He also had his hand in photography. His most notable work is the skull that was formed out of seven women, which inspired the cover design for the horror film The Descent. It also appears on that darn moth on the Silence of the Lambs poster. You have to look real close to see,but it's the same image. The image seems to pop up in other places as well,but I'm currently limited on time, so you all are going to be happy with that. (Goodness those women must be uncomfortable.)
You can check out more of Dali's work and earn more about him at the Dali museum in St.Petersburg, Florida. http://thedali.org/ Even if you're not a Dali fan (like me) the museum is still pretty cool. Also check out the cool gift shop online. You can find a lot spiffy trinkets for everyone you know like the tarot card set and the melting clock wristwatch.
If you have the time check out the 1929 film Mr. Dali wrote called Un Chien Andalou.(I had a chance to see it at the museum) Yeah, I know it doesn't quite fit into the horror genre, but there are enough elements in the film that allows me the chance to put it on the blog. A woman's eye is split open at the two-minute mark. In reality it is actually a cow's eye,but still a bit freaky to watch. It's a sixteen minute film and as far as silent films go it's interesting enough to keep modern movie goers interested. Damn kids, need to appreciate silent films.
-Horrorwood Doll (I honestly do too many art posts -_-)
Note: I'll make another Florida related post in the next few days.