This painting includes many symbols for Hamlet. It has some real things glued to it too.
Both people are Hamlet, the one in front is the image (crazy) Hamlet creates (or becomes) so he can avenge his murdered father. The flowers are Statices which symbolize fond memories, often sent to someone to say you miss them. They represent Hamlet and Ophelia, and Hamlet and his father, in the past. The necklace is the gifts Ophelia returns to Hamlet when she is told to reject him. The skull is of Yorick’s as connected to the hat. The way Hamlet’s face merges into it represents Hamlet’s morbid thoughts about how a person dissolves after death. The jester hat is meant to show how Hamlet “plays the fool” in his madness. But in an underlying meaning it also represents the other side of Jesters who were the court gossip collectors for kings. It means Hamlet knows all.
The other Hamlet which hides behind this image and strategizes is holding the sword to his alter ego’s neck to represent how he is harming himself with his quest for revenge, and how he is restricting himself by all the thinking he does. The crown at the swords tip represents many things of which are the old king (King Hamlet) who Hamlet plans to avenge by his sword, the new king (Claudius Hamlet’s uncle) and Hamlet’s plans for him. Also it shows that Hamlet is threatening his own position. The dragon on this Hamlet’s hat symbolizes his want for revenge, and the color of it (purple) represents royalty.
Finally in the background there are three pairs of eyes. They symbolize the inner demons Hamlet is fighting.
Acrylic painting on canvas, mixed media i suppose