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Salvador Dali’s Mind-Bending Interpretation Of “Alice In Wonderland”

Since at least the 1960s, Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland” has become something of an institution within hallucinogenic drug culture. From Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” waxing to The Matrix‘s pill-propelled trips to “Wonderland”, the book’s association with drugs–no matter how loosely rooted in reality–is unlikely to disappear any time soon. With that in mind, it of course makes sense that surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the man who boldly declared that he was drugs, would have provided his own illustrated interpretation of Alice and her trippy friends in 1969.

This collection of heliogravures (a fancy process where the artist etches figures onto a special gel-covered copper plate already exposed to film positives) eventually became one of Dalí’s most prized suites of all time. Blending the timeless whimsy of the children’s tale with the technicolor dreams of the 1960s, it’s easy to see why.

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Dali Alice In Wonderland Rabbithole

Down the Rabbit Hole Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Caucus

A Caucus Race and a Long Tale Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Caterpillar

Advice From a Caterpillar Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Pig

Pig and Pepper Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Frontispiece

Frontispiece Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Little Ill

The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Lobster Quadrille

The Lobster's Quadrille Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle's Story Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Pool Tears

The Pool of Tears Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Queen Croquet

The Queen's Croquet Ground Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Who Stole Tarts

Who Stole the Tarts? Source: Brain Pickings

Dali Alice In Wonderland Evidence

Alice's Evidence Source: Brain Pickings

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Keng Lye’s Fantastically Realistic Resin Art

Fish In Bag

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At first glance, this fish seems pretty unremarkable. But upon closer inspection, it gets more interesting, since it’s really part sculpture and part painting. (Actually, inspect it all you like; it’s still going to look like a real fish.) Singapore-based artist Keng Lye manages to give aquatic life just as much grace as nature, and has been creating an entire series in his hybrid art form of resin painting, which accentuates the beauty of colorful sea creatures while also hinting at deeper questions about life and death.

Keng Lye Black Goldfish

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Lye graduated from Singapore’s Nanyang Academy with a diploma in graphic design, and started his own graphic design company back in 1995. He decided to make a life-altering decision to pursue resin art in 2011 – after he discovered a different artist in the same discipline named Risuke Fukahori. Lye’s inspiration for his resin fish series is based on nostalgia; re-creating the aquatic life he used to catch as a kid.

Keng Lye Beta Fish

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Cartoon Characters In The Twilight Of Their Lives

In this clever short, Steve Cutts looks at the lives of cartoon characters whose best days–and figures–are long gone. Naturally, it involves a lot of dull, flickering TV screens, fatty foods and melancholic Erik Satie.

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