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Psychedelic Artists

Updated on November 16, 2012

Psychedelic Artists

The word psychedelic is a neologism coined from the Greek words for "mind," ψυχή (psyche), and "manifest," δήλος (delos).

A psychedelic experience is characterized by the perception of aspects of one's mind previously unknown, or by the creative exuberance of the mind liberated from its ostensibly ordinary fetters. Psychedelic states are an array of experiences elicited by sensory deprivation as well as by psychedelic substances. Such experiences include hallucinations, changes of perception, synesthesia, altered states of awareness, mystical states, and occasionally states resembling psychosis.  from: wikipedia

Psychedelic art has a visual immediacy to it that at first blush may feel like a punch in the gut. Colors grabbing your emotions and swinging them around like an out of control carousel spinning at top speed, but aside the roller coaster in your mind psychedelic art can give you ground reminding you of all the creative possibilities blurping and slurping deep within your mind.

Spotlight on Summer of Love (Art)

Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era
Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era

Colorful, thought-provoking, eclectic, and readable, Summer of Love is the definitive guide to the art of the psychedelic era. Richly illustrated, the book presents a wide range of images of artworks-including posters, record covers, photography, and film-alongside a wealth of contextual material and a number of informative essays by leading academics, cultural theorists, and critics.


Spotlight on A History of the Psychedelic Poster

High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster
High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster

Sixties psychedelic poster art has stretched beyond the ephemeral and functional nature of its design to become highly collectable and internationally recognized. High Art explores both the creation of psychedelia and the imagery born of this movement. It covers the Avalon and Fillmore ballrooms who commissioned the art, the UFO Club in London and features leading American artists, profiles of British artists and it describes the collectors' experience.


Summer of Love at The Whitney Museum

Spotlight on The Psychedelic Newspaper of the Haight Ashbury (Digital Re-Creation)

The San Francisco Oracle / The Psychedelic Newspaper of the Haight Ashbury (Digital Re-Creation)
The San Francisco Oracle / The Psychedelic Newspaper of the Haight Ashbury (Digital Re-Creation)

Source documents of an eclectic spirituality and social philosophy that continues to influence American society. --The San Francisco Chronicle

Takes you to the streets of Haight Ashbury at a time when irt was the Olympus of the newborn world. --The New York Times Sunday Book Review

The most beautiful newspaper even seen on the streets of the planet. --Abbie Hoffman quoted in The Los Angeles Times


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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      This is a really cool lens!

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      ggruden2 5 years ago

      Thanks for this lense!

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      Somehow I was looking for Andy Warhol's material on this lens because of his celebrity. Perhaps his work isn't of this material. I'm not sure. Nice lens.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Very cool, I like psychedelic art.

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      LordNefarious 5 years ago

      very cool lens.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      judithmurphy 5 years ago

      Been looking for some psychedelia - great lens!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Very cool lens!

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      Rikitikichik 6 years ago

      really nice! i love psych and unusual themes. please visit

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      Cool lens, I dig the groove....:)RWJR

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      groovy lens!

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      shreechamundaenterprise 6 years ago

      cool lens;

      thanks for sharing your views.

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      DianeStafford 6 years ago

      Great colourful arty lens and thanks for liking one of mine :-)

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      fashionality lm 6 years ago

      Very cool!

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Very cool art. Great lens!!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I had totally forgotten about this phase in my life. Thanks for the memories.

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @Bellezza-Decor: MiaBellezza thanks for stopping by and I must confess I had a few flowers in my hair in the 60's....

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      Cool and groovy psychedelics man ~ you must be a flower child!

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @gravityx9: good of you to stop by Gravityx9.... I'll check our your Feelin' Groovy lens.....

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      gravityx9 7 years ago

      Ga-rooovy lens! I was feeling listening to some old 'LP's and, well, made a little lens. I featured your cool lens to my 'Feelin' Groovy' lens. THUMBS UP!

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: sukkran, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful art. thanks for sharing with us.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Love psychedelic Art, especially some of the incredible art that was created for concert posters during the Height-Asbury music scene.

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      Zen Automat 7 years ago

      @bruceeisner lm: bruceeisner thanks for dropping by.... your post remind me, Wavelength from

      Van Morrison is now playing....

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      bruceeisner lm 7 years ago

      Nice job on this lens. We are on the same wavelength man.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I enjoyed the art. My hubby is a photographer and digital artist. You can find his work on some of my lenses.

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      Zen Automat 8 years ago

      [in reply to symbolika] thanks for stopping buy for a look around, glad you like the art

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      symbolika 8 years ago

      great lens, rich and full with art. beautiful pictures.

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      cmilton111 8 years ago

      I like the page and the art. I do many different kinds of art myself, some of which might be termed psychedelic (especially my older work). Check me out at

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      jipock 8 years ago

      Great Lens! I love the pics! 5*****

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      The3rdeyeBrand LM 8 years ago

      Very interesting....

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      Far out, man. Cool lens ... 'rolled to Sixties Art, plus a starry 5 rating.