Early Work

 

I have placed these images in approximately the order they were done, starting with two of the first paintings I ever did. I was squirting the paint right out of the tube and onto the canvas, and wondering why the results did not look like Dali. I spent a month in the library researching technique and ended up buying Copal Gel and Medium, the result was the change in the fourth image on top (Gaudi Wall).From there I was on my way to teaching myself technique, reading Dali's "50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship",(Many of the devices and ornaments in this book I actually made) and  facing the battle of classical techniques. 

Fall Tree
Fall Tree

Crayon on Paper The one early example of my art that exisits. Probably 1st-2nd grade. I am told I wrote mirrored (see signature) up to the third grade. I think it is a early sign of genius

Rainbow Angel
Rainbow Angel

Oil on Canva Board 16"x20" My first oil painting after deciding I needed to know how to paint. Using paint right out of the tube I was crazed that I could not get smooth and liquid results. I gave the painting to a girl I though way out of my league, who feigned to like me but really only wanted my suede fringe jacket...an artifact of my Neil Young days

Blue Angel
Blue Angel

Oil onCanvas Board 18"x24" My second oil, here to try and make the paint and color transitions smoother I used much less paint and painted thinner, it worked to a degree, but was still very disappointing.

Gaudi Sculpture
Gaudi Sculpture

Oil on Cavas 8"x10" To test the use of a medium (after studying masters techniqes in the Library) I painted this gaudi wall feature...things were now looking much better

Experimental Landscape
Experimental Landscape

Oil on Canvas 18"x24" Again a painting done to learn the use of medium in oil paint, incorperating several Dalinian elements.

The Anguish Of Dalinian Technique
The Anguish Of Dalinian Technique

Oil on Canvas 8"x10" The third Painting I did after learning there was such a thing as "mediums" to make painting smooth, liquid and Dalinian

Landscape Study with Nuclear Array
Landscape Study with Nuclear Array

Oil on Canvas Board 14"x20" Agan just trying to learn the craft while testing out some double imagery and Dalinian elements

Madonna of the Clouds
Madonna of the Clouds

Oil on Board 8"x10" Fashioned after Dali's Madonna I even brought it to him and argued mine was better

Anguish
Anguish

Unfinished Oil on Canvas 16"x20" This picture grew from my own anguish (which is why it is also a self portrait) and was fed by Dali's anguish over his precious teeth.

Dali And Gala Appearing
Dali And Gala Appearing

Full Title " Dali and Gala Appearing in their Own Landscape" Pencil on Canvas...was to be oil This painting was to use double imagery to create both Dali and Gala in the landscape surrounding their house, Dali being defined by a spanish troubadour, and Gala by an archway constructed of her hair.

Beach of Anguish
Beach of Anguish

Oil on canvas 9"x12" Mystical for some, anguish for others. Another practice piece for technique.

Anonymus Object of Desire
Anonymus Object of Desire

Oil on Canvas 11" x 14" The anonymous female specter taunts me in the distance. Here my grasp of technique and use of materials is finally starting to work, and for the first time I was actually pleased with the result.

Nuclear Man
Nuclear Man

Pencil on Paper 8"x11.5" Classical Nuclear Mystical shapes combined with William Tell figure

The Soft and Warm Feelng
The Soft and Warm Feelng

Full Title"The Soft and Warm Feeling of the Milk of Death" Oil on Canvas Dali and I had several conversations concerning his fear of grasshoppers. Since he discusses the horror of the Praying Mantis in his book on the Angelus, I thought he really ment the Mantis. Not So!!! This is my interpritation of the details Dali lays out in his book Le myth tragique de l'Angelus de Millet. I came across this book in a book store in Rockefeller Center with Dali, and Dali had already signed it.

Nuclear Mystical Self Portrait
Nuclear Mystical Self Portrait

Oil on Canvas Self Portrait in the Nuclear Mystical style Executed in 1974, a busy and important year with Dali. This is the year Dali asked me to come to Spain to help him with the museum the Spanish government was building for him. I spent a total of around a month in Dali's house and Cadeques helping with projects at the museum

Adolescent Cashew Feeling its Oats
Adolescent Cashew Feeling its Oats

In pondering Dali's obsession with the rhinocerous horn, I contemplated its evoluion, and in particular, its awkward and too sharp ending. I came up with the embryonioc shape of the Cashew Nut, logarithmic, rhino like, and ending in a soft curve. When I presented the shape to Dali he exclaimed "Keeokee" (some incomprehensible Spanish scream) the Cashew is a Rhinocerous Horn with buttocks!!! It is Divine"

Freedon
Freedon

Gouache on Print The cashew gains motion with schooner sails in this altered print. With obvious ties to Dali's Man becoming a schooner, this was the first classic print I was to alter.

The Javanese Manniqin Now
The Javanese Manniqin Now

Oil on Canvas The opulence and over indulgence of the times was depicted in this update on the Javanese Mannikin, the cutaway depicts just how empty that oppulence is, and the circuit board, puts a time stamp on the image.

The Curves of Life
The Curves of Life

Red and White Chalk on paper After Leonardo. This drawing completes the ties of the Cashew to both its anamorphic nature, and the logarithmic spiral of the nautilus. Also implied is the logarithmic nature of the sexual thrust, making it all the more divine.

Toreador Hidden in the Calm
Toreador Hidden in the Calm

Full Title, "Toreador Hidden in the Calm of a Spansh Town" Oil on Canvas Here double imagery and the paranoid critical method make for the Toreadors face in a seemingly calm street scene. The image helps depict that nothing is really simple

The Artist As a Sea Urchin
The Artist As a Sea Urchin

Back in the days of no computers or Photoshop such an undertaking was major. This was a collage of 5 portraits cut to fit in a urchin like pentagonal shape, and then the urchin bumps were hand drawn on the collage to be rephotographed. The urchin bumps not only make the artist an urchin, but help depict the anguish of the explosive nature of huge and painful acne, one growing on another, fractal and geometric.

Urchin Skull
Urchin Skull

I made this Skull out of ceramics after I did the artist as a sea urchin drawing / photo. I thought it would represent the ultimate evolution of the human cranium

Perspective in Rowlux
Perspective in Rowlux

Oil on Rowlux 24'x 36" To test how perspective would work to enhance the 3D effect of Rowlux, I painted several of Dali's best perspective and optical patterns on the film

Poster for First One Man Show
Poster for First One Man Show

My first show, entitled "The Traumaticism of Birth" featured plenty of intra uterine imagery. I hung Leg's brand Egg shaped pantyhose cases all over the ceiling with fish line and had the pantyhose dripping out of the eggs. This poster was outside the Fairfield library in a lit case, where it created quite a stir

Heavenly Cupola of an Urchin
Heavenly Cupola of an Urchin

Oil on Canvas-Unfinished Full title "Heavenly Cupola of an Urchin Exoskeleton" Adding layers of complexity and philosophy to a Dalinian cupola painting

Homage to Dali
Homage to Dali

Executed on Rowlux the Homage consists of a half head of Dali in a molecular pattern and the right side is the half head of a house fly executed all in Rowlux, appropriate because the plastic is composed of microscopic parabolic lens, "flies eyes". The two half heads are tied together with the flies from the Hallucinogenic Toreador. The yellow glows were painted on the reverse side to elevate the 3D look of the flies over the ROWLUX surface.

Cosmic Angel
Cosmic Angel

Several Dalinian elements find their way into this piece. The dodecahedron from the last supper and Rhinoceros horns from everywhere. This was my first watercolor and I used the subject to learn something about the medium

Honeycomb Heart
Honeycomb Heart

One of my first two watercolors again bringing together different Dali designs, in this case the honeycomb heart. I had the pleasure of attending several meeting with Carlos Alemany in his offices at the St Regis to discuss new jewel designs, which usually started with a watercolor for design....which inspired this piece.

ROWLUX Cosmic Angel
ROWLUX Cosmic Angel

Collage on Rowlux 3D Plastic 9"x12" Cosmic Angel collaged on both sides of a standard ROWLUX sheet. This was the start of experimentation to find ways to best use the 3D depth offered by different types of ROWLUX

Still Life of Rose
Still Life of Rose

Oil on Canvas 9"x12" Copy of Dalis beautiful rose. Presented to my mother who's name is Rose

Logarithmic Rhino Swarm
Logarithmic Rhino Swarm

Collage of Rowlux on Rowlux 12"x12" Another experiment to maximise depth utilizing ROLUX

Nuclear Cross-Unfinished
Nuclear Cross-Unfinished

Having a deep love for Dalis Nuclear Mystical work I started a cross that was a combination of Dali's Hypercubis, and his Atomic Cross. I was very happy with the progress and showed Dali a photo of the painting as you see it. I was reprimanded for not spending more of my time on his work, and told he had done all that better. The painting sits as it was that day

Catalonian Landscape
Catalonian Landscape

Oil on board 6"x8" Practice piece for landscapes, based on the Dali painting of a scientist in search of nothing

Bird Madonna
Bird Madonna

Oil on Card 4"x6"

Knoedler Show SIgn
Knoedler Show SIgn

Acrylic on canvas 4'x6' Dali gave me the task of making a painting to announce his show. It was to be in the style of Andy Warhol and the signature should me in the style of a typewriter. Even once done Dali insisted on seeing the photograph of the typewritten signature that was used to see if I had followed the image. Appeared in Knoedler window to announce show

Beach Bird
Beach Bird

Wire and shells about 8"x6"x 3" Surreal bird put together from shells I accumulated while looking for operculum for Dali. I had a standing order to find and bring all the operculem I could get to Dali, and had a spot at the beach shore where shells and driftweed accumulated where I could come across the rare beautiful amber colored operculum

Manta of Death
Manta of Death

Wire and Fish Skull about 8" x 4" x 4" Another sculpture object made from pieces collected in my operculum hunts

The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man

Last object formed of shells a horseshoe crab and a lobster tail. Again collected during my Dali operculum hunts I thought the cigarette butt gave this guy attitude

Cadequez
Cadequez

Lead and White pencil on grey paper 9"x12" Drawing of the town of Cadequez from the rocks on the far side of Cadequez. Just across the road from where this was drawn the Rolling Stones had rented a villa for the summer....it was always easy to know when they were around as they drove the tiny roads in a huge antique white Rolls Royce. Dali's house was over the hill to the right of here.

The Passion
The Passion

Full Title, " The Passion of the Tides to the Full Moon" Oil on Masonite 16"x 18" Dali and I had seveal prolonged discussions on the Horseshoe Crab. Which led not only to the HorseShoe Crab Helmets that can be seen in the Dali Work section, but to an entire erotic movie script

Couple Formed by the Intersect
Couple Formed by the Intersect

Complete title "Couple Formed by the Intersect of Night ad Day" Oil on Masonite 6"x 8" Not only does this romantic image depict the emotion of this couple, but i hints at the mysteries, of atomic and fluid motion that are forming imagery like this all around us in our everyday lifes

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Louis Markoya

The Continuity and Evolution of Surrealist and Nuclear Mystical Art  

 Former Protege' to Salvador Dali'