FYI: This painting was just completed on 6/14/17, and as such, it can't be shipped for a couple weeks so it can dry.
I included many objects in this 24x36" oil on panel that are symbolic of Dali. It is the 3rd of my Master Series, in which I am painting the masters portrait in my style, and surrounding artwork inspired by that artist.
The bat references his childhood, when he saw a live bat being eaten alive by ants. He felt it appropriate to take a bite out of the bat! The bat in this painting allows the viewer to extrapolate the phrase, "Bat Shit Crazy, or The Shit Hits The Fan"
The fire ant is the balloon's flame, and in Dali art, ants represent death and decay. Since he is no longer with us.. Also, if you look closely at the magic mushroom, you'll see the face of his wife, Gala. She was the cause of his meltdown in my painting (most of his later art features her, as he worshiped her but his fear or anxiety over penetration meant he agreed to her to extramarital affairs. She lived a separate life most of the time. Although their homes were not far apart, she required that Dali request permission before visits.
His later art featuring her is arguably less valuable, so I've heard, hence why I showed her mushroom form (her being his 'drug' of choice in my artistic interpretation) which powered the outlet (and his imagination) causing the meltdown (melting being another Dali trait) Dali used to say he didn't do drugs, but that he was drugs, but he did do a documentary spoof in Which he and others were looking for the elusive psychoactive mushrooms in Mongolia, which is another reason I incorporated the mushroom.
If you look at the molten hot outlet upside down, it has the shape of a giraffe which was Dali's (flaming) symbolism of personal struggle, and is personal to me as well. The fan has human female limbs and my symbol, used to connect the scent /desire of a woman/Gala, to his meltdown. His elephants are an inspiration in his art, and he painted them with such long spindly legs as to make them appear weightless. This is why I used an elephant as the balloon basket, being weightless in a different way, as my own take on his weightless portrayal of them. The elephant is attempting to put out the flames (ant-death) and save his life. Not that it will help much, because then the balloon will fall into the ocean where you will find many human skull shapes (more Dali symbolism).
The eye in Dali's works represent the way humans perceive reality, and is why I chose to include a watchful eye, coming from Gala as and it hovers slightly above his eye line, so as to look down on him.