Psychedelic Art

Psychedelic Art

Psychedelic art is linked to the 1960s, created by artists influenced by psychedelic drugs like LSD and DMT.

While artists had previously experimented with drugs to enhance their perception and expand their creative horizons, it was the hallucinogenic effects of LSD that profoundly impacted artists during the 1960s.

Psychedelic art, characterised by vibrant, non-naturalistic colours, often featured swirling patterns, sensual imagery, and concealed messages. These works reflected altered states of consciousness induced by the drug, with many emerging from San Francisco's hippie community. Artists like Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, and Alton Kelley were commissioned by rock promoter Bill Graham to create posters for bands like The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and The Big Brother Holding Company.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.