Surrealism's Windows of Allegory - oil on canvas - 48" x 32" by Dave Martsolf

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As an artist, I feel this is my best work. It is a self-portrait that leads off into the future, painted years ago in what I would now call my dark period.

My life has changed a lot since then, and I have overcome many of the dark fears and subconscious memories, many of which are still hidden from my waking life.

There is a lot of symbolism here. And, enough so that for once I will just shut my mouth and let you read it as you see it. I still enjoy seeing its design, attention to detail, and even if dark, it’s clear light. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Thanks, Dave.

This work was featured in the C.O.R.E. group, August 2009.
This work was featured in Surrealism, October 2008.

The original oil painting with wood slat frame is for sale. Contact Dave Martsolf through Bubblemail or at for details.

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  • alneaimi
    alneaimiover 6 years ago

    Great work Dave , would love to see more , hope you will make alot of friends on here , Enjoy RB.
    Al Neaimi

  • Dave Martsolf
    Dave Martsolfover 6 years ago

    Thanks Al,

    I really appreciate your welcome to RB.

    Best regards,


  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostover 6 years ago

    Dali heaven!
    Wonderful creation

  • Hi TG,

    You are so kind. I absolutely must get a NEW piece done. Family and corporate life – ah – slap me for making excuses! Keep pushing me.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 6 years ago

    The “Ages of Man”…. would I title it!.
    From the drakness.. from the terrible and vast darkness.. a window has been opened. And While the other ages of the “man” have their own realm in life-earth… the last one… the unique, the definitive realization is there… in a window… or better is is a window, as the soul is Universes’ window.. Tao’s windows……seemingly…. we are a dosified items of Giant Energy…. as the electtic light must be "dosified· for getting into our wires and lighting bulbs… if not…. all our electricity system and home would burst out… in fact we almost loose all our “home-machines”….including computers… due to a sudden “high” of the power.
    In hat window.. I can see the figure of the loved “Hermit” of the Tarot’s card. He is the representation of the crisis you know, but he can get out of it… for he is carrying a red lantern and have the possibility of going back and rear wards with his being…. so time stops and then, he can pass thourgh matter… whatever the dimmest light he may carry within.
    Rosa (t is grandiose… Dave..)

  • Rosa, I think I completely missed your comment of a week ago. I am glad you are enjoying my little walks on the dark side. Soon I will get back to work (I keep telling myself).

    – Dave Martsolf

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 5 years ago

    Superb painting. I can get so much out of it everytime I review it. There is just so much there. Excellent work.

  • Thanks JR, I painted it 30 years ago and so much has changed. The sky is blue now,not black, and that’s a good thing.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 5 years ago

    excellent work Dave!

  • Thank you very much for the Feature in C.O.R.E. I will highlight this on my portfolio page.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 5 years ago

    thanks Dave for this link, this is a wonderful self portrait, it all has fallen into place!!! Great image you have created!!!

  • Thanks Gisela!

    – Dave Martsolf

  • RoyAllen Hunt
    RoyAllen Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Ah, and given to introspection and discovery. From that place to this and from here to who knows. Another well done!

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Janice. Best regards, Dave.

    – Dave Martsolf

  • Zeb Shaffer
    Zeb Shafferover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Zeb. Appreciate your comment and your work is great also.

    – Dave Martsolf

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