There is something magnetic about psychedelic art – it evades reason but appeals to the psyche! This article on some of the best psychedelic artists of the 60s is a tribute to those creative geniuses who refused to follow the conventional artistic norms and carved a niche for themselves in the world of abstract art….
The key feature of psychedelic art is the use of morphing effects, giving the feel that objects on the canvas are melting into each other. This art form is known as psychedelic art because it is believed to match the visual perceptions of a person under the influence of psychedelic drugs. The dizzying patterns and the morphing effects are attributed to the delirious state of mind of a person who is under the influence of such a narcotic as LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, etc. The word psychedelic means mind manifesting. Below is a list of artists of the 60s who made a mark for themselves by aiming off the mark of conventionality.
1960s’ Psychedelic Artists
The works of the following famous artists inundated the 60s decade and revolutionized the graphics as well as the commercial arts scenario! Thank God these mavericks chose to walk the less traveled road, else the world would have been deprived of the possibilities of a different but creative form of expression!
Hapshash and the Colored Coat
Abdul Mati Klarwein
Peter Max Finkelstein
John Van Hamersveld
Apart from, the aforementioned icons, other brilliant psychedelic artists and famous painters of this genre include Pedro Bell, Fred Schrier, Ellis D Fogg, Amanda Sage, Rick Griffin, Alex Grey, etc. The unconventional has always attracted widespread attention but few have had the courage to walk the untrodden path. These artists dared to differ and create fantastic art bordering on surrealism that left the world amazed. Psychedelic art is for those who dare to foray into their subconscious – that plane of existence which does not fall along the lines of logic. This art form is a beautiful way to express the subconscious and give form to fantasy.