Psychedelic art is intricate detailed with many colors, often crazy, or mysterious. It draws from different influences tribal, or kinetic with optical illusions, and embraces a wider spectrum of surrealism. But at the heart of it is the expression of the spirit.
Psychedelic Art: The roots
“Coming from the word “psychedelos” which means open the spirit, the psychedelic art is the expression of the inner world or spirit.
The psychedelic art is any art triggered by the manifestation of the inner world. Thus, it may come in various forms, such as tribal arte, arte brute or raw art, kinetic art with optic illusions, art nouveau or surrealism with Salvadore Dali and Klimt as key artists. The climax of the psychedelic art was in the ‘60s, arguing for an open mind and consciousness for global solutions in the society. Its boundaries and origins are hard to identify since it is present in a large spectrum of areas, namely in literature, cinema, comics, music, fashion, advertising etc.
Nowadays, the psychedelic art could be expressed in the numeric art, street art or architecture.
“Don’t complain, paint yourself”
Psychedelic Art at Psytrance Festivals
The decoration at Psytrance Festivals is highly characteristic for the scene, and in most cases the work of professional decoration teams, or an arrangement of several single artists. There is to mention Simon Hafele, aka Psy-Pix from Austria, a psychedelic artist whose work decorated quite a few festivals so far, from 2007 up to the present.
Psychedelic Art in Psytrance Media
Ever been checking the websites of Festivals? Do you also think they belong to the most beautiful websites out there in the internet? Many event crews let professional graphic designers create the stunning background graphics and the various single graphics, that are part of parallax effects or little animations. Since these people are usually very much in the background, we digged a little and shed some light on a few of these artists.
For example, there is Android Jones, who made interactive installations at BooM Festival or Burning Man. He is mainly working digital, choosing energy and light as the matter to transform. He contributed to various movies, games and building installations, in persona and online.
Then we have the french veteran Nico Psy Art, who created an uncountable amount of flyers, logos and web graphics for and around the Psytrance scene. From Portugal, meet meskalART, aka André Maia. Also very active in the Psytrance scene, he created numerous flyers and logos. You surely have seen a flyer or an album from Psikodelicious, aka Jacques Bynens, a psychonaut from Mexico, since he created various of these in his artists career. But you maybe just know him as DJ Dende.
Then there is definitely Hakan Hisim to mention. A true digital artist, working with light and electricity, he removed himself from the limitations of physical matter. In contrast to that, another stunning artist is Jake Amazon, who incorporated the canvas as his vehicle to defy time and space.
Another artist very appreciated for her psychedelic artworks that simply cannot stay unmentioned, is Amanda Sage. Also, there is Wolf, better known as Wolfs Body Magic. Bodypainting, playing in its own league.
Got curious? We collected all our articles about psychedelic art for you below, and couldn’t mention everyone in the text above – so take a closer look and have fun watch & read!
Learn more about the decoration team that decorated festivals and locations like Psychedelic Circus, Vaikuntha, Voov Experience, the Juice Club and many more
Scödy’s first open air was the Shiva Moon in 1995. Severely inspired there he immediately began to paint pictures and craft small figures
Dive into the world class Psytrance decoration from Barcelona for events like One Love Festival, S.U.N. Festival, Connection Festival and more.
Felix Stöver speaks to us from the Other Side. He died in November 2010. At the mushroom on tour events you can see his mind-blowing paintings for the last time
Hakan Hısım‘s art portrays an awe of the natural world, and its contrast with the alien, transpersonal nature of mystical experiences.
ake Amazon: A visionary artist who works with acrylic on canvas after entering the constant flow lets his subconsciousness turn on auto pilot!
Controlled Coincidence Interview with a master of abstract psychedelics
The Psychedelic Trip These amazing visuals created by artist TAS, are the embodiment of all that the word psychedelic stands for. Lose your self in the mesmerizing externalization of imagination.
Alex Grey is a remarkable force in the field of art, and spirituality. He’s an author, teacher, vajrayana practitioner, and a visionary artist.
Thus runs a very old legend from the Urals:“…above the land of the Urals there suddenly were three whole suns !…it became unbearably hot and hotter !
When bound androgynous beauties, aliens and androids, and biomechanical creatures come to your mind you will certainly think of HR Giger
The act of creating art can be a spiritual practice like a form of meditation.
One could describe the work of Peruvian-born Chris Dyer as psychedelic street art – for he the street is the place where art can develop.
If I could distil into words exactly what motivates me to create the art that I make than it would not be worth making it.
He is not among the “usual suspects” of the psychedelic art scene, but the variety of his work is simply stunning – and of truly mind-bending beauty…
Orbital Experiences is creating a world where people can experience well-being and family feeling. For Aldo light, form and music are one. He wanted to mystify the crowd, set up a world apart from reality, create and render fun, have people leave smiling.
Andrew Gonzalez, the painter of this mushroom cover, is one of the ten great artists who teach at the recently founded new Academy of Visionary Arts in Vienna
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Bast-Art23 aka Sebastian Schirk is 34 and hails from Hamburg, Germany. He started decorating in 2003. Beginning with and specializing in uv-backdrops in a unique style over the years his deco style has accomplished a variable overall concept comprising paintings […]
Exhausting splashes of color overload, images sizzling your mind, huge objects, strings and stretches – Buju Decoration stands for creating whole new worlds, full of fantastic creatures, plants and magical animals.
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The Swiss H.R. Giger is an artist who has created beings in Alien and Species, and who has considerably influenced the cyber culture and popculture.
Her twisted black light paintings often break the strict rules of symmetry, sometimes rather subtle, sometimes very obvious.
Felix The artist from Hamburg had the very rare gift for reproducing complex states of consciousness beyond the boundaries of perception in a metaphorical way. Thus looking at his multilayered, incredibly detailed paintings and graphics is not only a highly […]
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