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11 Great Salvador Dali Art Mash Ups

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While he never earned his own show (like Da Vinci), or even appeared in an episode of Doctor Who (like Van Gogh), Salvador Dali is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists in history—and he has plenty of geeky fans. Here are 11 great mash ups of the surrealist’s artwork paired with famous geek icons.

1. Soft Gremlins Fed After Midnight

Perhaps no other artist has made as many geek mash ups of Dali paintings as Mike Capp. He’s combined Pac-Man with The Persistence of Memory, blended Mario together with Soft Self-Portrait With Fried Bacon, and merged Batman’s face together with Sleep. I think Dali would be most impressed with Capp’s Gremlin tribute to Soft Construction With Boiled Beans, which is so weird in so many ways.

2. The Face of Logan

Back in April of 2009, Marvel decided to hold Wolverine Art Appreciation Month, and celebrated by releasing variant covers of many of their comics with Wolverine artworks inspired by famous artists. Their take on Dali was done by Paola Rivera and featured on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #592.

3. Crucifixion of Weapon X

Paola Rivera’s variant Spider-Man cover isn’t the only Wolverine/Dali mash up around. In fact, Rob Pitts does an excellent job using imagery from Dali’s Crucifixion to show how much Logan is tied to the X-Men and how much he sacrifices for the group.

4. Les Elephant-ATs

How would Dali draw the famous AT-ATs and AT-STs from Star Wars? Most likely the same way he drew his elephants, with long, spindley legs that could never support that much weight. This tattoo, by Heinz Graynd, takes that basic concept and adds in other iconic Star Wars imagery like a melting Death Star and Jabba the Hutt.

5. The Temptation of Luke Skywalker

There’s just something about Dali and Star Wars that works together. Case in point: The Temptation of St. Anthony, by an unknown artist, that features lightsabers, Imperial Walkers, and Leia in her slave outfit.

6. Doctor Dali

FredrickJay designed this creation for TeeFury last year. You can no longer purchase the great tee, but we can still admire it for its great blend of Doctor Who and Dali. It seems totally fitting to Doctor Who to have unreadable clocks draped over everything.

7. Un Lapin Andalou

The melting clock imagery also works for the White Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland, who is constantly fretting about being late. DeviantArt user Charlie MegaLoMad really captures the feeling of time slipping through our hands in this clever mash up.

8. Hello Salvador

What do you get when you combine one of the greatest artists of all time with one of the most commercially successful icons of the last century? You get this wonderful Hello Kitty/Salvador Dali mash up tattooed by artist Danielle McKnight. I particularly like the flowers on the kitty mustaches—like Dali wore in his most famous portrait—and the melting bow tie on the kitty’s head.

9. Indiana Jones and the Land of Dali

London-based artist Aled Lewis created a series of famous paintings mixed together with '80s adventure video games for an art show at LA’s iam8bit gallery. His Dali-inspired piece was mixed together with the 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure PC game.

10. The Persistence of Portal

Drew Northcott created this great mash up between Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and the game Portal and was soon approached by someone in Valve’s marketing department for a higher resolution version so it could be hung up in the company’s office. Now that’s something that would make any fan proud.

11. Ponies Reflecting Horses

For whatever reason, the most popular subject for Dali mash ups tends to be My Little Ponies. It was hard to choose just one great pony creation for this article, but this one, by DeviantArt user Love My Twins, manages to stand out above the rest because it incorporates a rather Dali-esque horse standing directly over a My Little Pony figure with one of Dali’s horse paintings standing in for its cutie mark.

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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