Salvador Dali – Surreal Chupa III


The third in a series of nostalgia as an homage to Salvadore Dali. I wanted to continue the surreal idea combining lollipops and art together and making a Salvadore Dali flavoured Chupa Chup.

The thing that not many people know is that the great surrealist Dali designed the Chupa Chups logo ‘back in the day’ around 1969…how cool is that? It’s still in use today and remains timeless – pure genius! Not only did Dali come up with the logo design Chupa Chups, he also told Chupa Chups to place the logo on the top of the lolly where it could always be seen when in the point of display stand!

This one features an homage to Salvadore Dali whos work I find inspirational and Chupa Chups lollypops which I loved as a kid.

The original oil on canvas painting is still available, sized at 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91cm).

The limited edition prints are from an edition of 100 and sized at 16″ x 23″ (42cm x 59cm). Each is printed on Somerset Velvet acid-free paper with Archival Inks.

Every limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with its own certificate of authenticity. The prints are shipped rolled in a cardboard tube.

NB – frames are not included with the prints.

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“Salvador Dali – Surreal Chupa III” emerges as a creation blending the whimsical realms of nostalgia along with an homage to the great Salvador Dali who is intricately woven into the fabric of pop culture and high art. Martin Allen, through his artistic creativity, has created a series that pays tribute to one of the most illustrious figures of the surrealist movement, Salvador Dali. This particular piece, the third in the series, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Dali, not just through the thematic representation of his iconic works but also through the integration of an element as whimsically commonplace as the Chupa Chups lollipop.

The connection between Salvador Dali and Chupa Chups extends beyond mere artistic tribute; it delves into the annals of history where Dali himself (being a graphic designer) designed the logo for Chupa Chups in 1969. This anecdote not only highlights Dali’s influence on popular culture but also his visionary approach to branding and design. Allen’s work resurrects this fascinating fact, creating ‘Dali’ flavoured lollypops marrying the surreal with the playful, thus crafting a narrative that is both fun and visually captivating.

“Surreal Chupa III” is not merely an art piece; it’s a conversation starter, by incorporating this little known fact Allen’s homage of a ‘Dali flavoured’ lolly transcends traditional art boundaries, bringing together the allure of childhood with the profound depths of surrealism. This piece, featuring a Dali-flavoured Chupa Chup, embodies the essence of Dali’s work, known for its striking, and ingenious blend of reality and and the surreal.

The original artwork, an oil on canvas, measures 24″ x 36″ (61cm x 91cm), offering viewers a sizeable window into Allen’s creative vision. For art collectors and enthusiasts unable to procure the original, limited edition prints are available. These are meticulously produced on Somerset Velvet acid-free paper using Archival Inks, ensuring that each piece retains its vibrancy and detail over time. Limited to an edition of 100 and sized at 16″ x 23″ (42cm x 59cm), each print is a testament to Allen’s dedication to quality and uniqueness. Furthermore, every print is hand finished with 24ct gold leaf, signed and numbered by the artist. Each is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Beyond the artistry and the historical significance lies a profound reflection on the nature of art itself. Through “Salvador Dali – Surreal Chupa III,” Martin Allen invites us to ponder the intersections of art and everyday life. Dali’s involvement with Chupa Chups, a brand synonymous with childhood joy and simplicity, juxtaposed with his complex, thought-provoking surrealist creations, serves as a reminder that art is not confined to galleries and museums. It permeates every aspect of our lives, shaping our perceptions and experiences in myriad of ways.

Allen’s work is a celebration of this permeation, a visual feast that both delights and informs. By choosing to immortalize Dali’s connection with Chupa Chups, Allen not only honours a giant of the art world but also highlights the fluidity of artistic influence. It showcases how art can transcend conventional mediums, embedding itself in the fabric of popular culture and, in turn, becoming a part of our collective memory.

In the broader context of contemporary art, “Salvador Dali – Surreal Chupa III” challenges us to broaden our understanding of what art can be and where it can be found. It encourages a dialogue between the past and a link to the present, bridging the gap between high art and popular culture, via everyday objects. Martin Allen, through his skillful blend of homage and creativity, has crafted a vivid reminder of the enduring power of art to surprise, delight, and connect us across time and space.

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Original Oil Painting, Signed Limited Edition A2 Print on Somerset Velvet paper

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