The Marx Brothers, Salvador Dali and the Surrealist Woman AKA Giraffes on Horseback Salad

A Literal Look at the Surreal; The Marx Brothers Meet Salvador Dali

This is an 11 X 17 India Ink piece I did based on a film script Salvador Dali wrote for the Marx Brothers. It’s quite a story. Long story short, Salvador Dali spent a lot of time writing scripts that were too wacky to be made and he loved him some Harpo Marx.

The two had a bit of a bromance in the 1930’s that…I’ll just let Salvador describe the time he visited Harpo in Cali. The legendary Surrealist said he found Harpo:

“naked, crowned with roses, and in the centre of a veritable forest of harps… He was caressing, like a new Leda, a dazzling white swan, and feeding it a statue of the Venus de Milo made of cheese…”


Anyway, he wrote an insane script that included the Marx Brothers. How insane?

Let’s just say that “A horde of burning giraffes wearing gas masks, cyclists balancing loaves on their heads and Harpo catching dwarves with a butterfly net? That’s just not funny,” is something Groucho Marx could have conceivably said.

This likeness of Chico, Harpo and Groucho along with Dali’s fictional “Surrealist Woman” from the pages of the script is a showstopper. It’s impossible for someone to walk into a room and not marvel and ask about it.

And then you get to look smart because you drop some esoteric Dali knowledge, still the most impressive type of esoteric knowledge at cocktail parties.

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Welcome to Life, Esther Maya

Jewish Art for the Perfect Simcha

This is an early look at a piece I’m working on for a baby naming. Most Jewish babies get their English/American name as well a Hebrew name. Then we have a ceremony to make it official.

The baby I am making this for was given the Hebrew name “Esther Maya.” That’s actually two beautiful names rolled into one, making it twice as gorgeous. 

The Jerusalem Skyline version is the one I’m going with. I’m still contemplating what color palate I’ll be using for the sky and letters. But I’m pretty happy with the black and white drawing so far.

The other one features an alternate spelling. The idea was to have it on a scroll, reminiscent of “Megillat Esther,” which is the holy book Jews read from when we celebrate the holiday Purim. 

It’s a cool concept, but I decided it was a bit large and would be relatively complicated to frame. 

Wish me luck on the colors. I’m thinking there will be a lot of orange and green in the night sky. Not sure how or why that will work, but I think it will.

If you’re interested in some eye-catching, one-of-a-kind art for your next celebration, please contact me. I’d love to talk to you about creating something that’s just perfect for you and yours. 

Onward, upward and word to your mother.