Psychedelic Art: Pseudo-visionary works created by artists under (or claiming to be under) the influence of drugs.
Psychedelic art is generally associated with the 1960s and work made by artists under the influence of the mind-expanding drug LSD. There are many earlier examples of artists taking drugs in order to heighten their awareness and enlarge their mental vision. But it was the hallucinatory effects of LSD that had such a powerful effect on artists in the 1960s. Day-glo and anti-naturalistic in color. Psychedelic art often contained swirling patterns, erotic imagery and hidden messages. The works referenced the changing states of consciousness while under the influence of the drug. Much of the art grew out of the hippy community in San Francisco. Artists Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin and Alton Kelley were commissioned by the rock promoter Bill Graham to produce posters for the bands. The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and The Big Brother Holding Company. (taken from TATE)
In Great Britain publishers like Unicorn Bookshop and OZ Magazine hyped the psychedelic arts to great success. Artists surrounding the Beatles, like The Fool or Granny Takes A Trip fashion store on Kings Road, taught the daily trend. Another famous 60’s poster art publishing and distribution house was the german based PPP-Populäre Propaganda Presse. The remaining and decades later rediscovered stocks of PPP can be found here at vintageposter.land.
The history of psychedelic design is of course vast: It crossed countless borders and dominated the graphic arts for a good decade, between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s. The movement in the United States, where it flourished the most, around its high water mark, in 1967. In this year Victor Moscoso designed no fewer than 60 posters in 8 months. And who said hippies were lazy?
But the story begins about 80 years earlier. Consider some of the primary attributes of psychedelic art: fantastic subject matter, kaleidoscopic and spiral patterns, bright color, extreme detail, groovy typography. All of these can be found in the art and design of fin-de-siecle and early 20th century Europe; specifically, the movements of Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, and Surrealism. (taken from …)
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