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Sixties Art - Op Art, Pop Art, Psychedelic Graphics and Peace Signs

Updated on July 15, 2015
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Tripping Down Memory Lane with Woodstock Nation Art

This Sixties Art lens pays homage to graphic and fine artists of the 1960s - their work and their legacy with continuing influence on pop culture. If you experienced music in the rain, bell bottoms jeans, neon colors, dizzying patterns, genuine tie dye and hair, lots of hair - you're probably a member of Woodstock Nation. I survived it all, and still love my patched jean jacket, tall boots and macrame decorations. The 1960s - my teen years - influenced my personal style and I have a closet filled with funky clothes and hats that I wear all the time.

I'm an artist, and I absolutely still love the art and graphics from the Sixties. I confess I'm an unabashed fan of Warhol, Max, and Escher (okay, they're not all sixties artists but they influenced it or were inspired by the artists from that period ) ... and I really like the sixties-influenced work of contemporary artists Shepard Fairey and Banksy, and of course Keith Haring.

Self portrait pop art photo montage image credit: Lee Hansen, © all rights reserved

Make Art Not War - Keith Haring Interactive Coloring Book Art - Design Your Own Pop Art at

Keith Haring spent countless hours working with kids to create street art for their communities. His legacy lives on at the web site, where anyone can create a Keith Hariing-style pop art picture using a fun and easy online picture creation tool. I created this Make Art Not War poster in about 5 minutes using the online coloring book app.

Keith Haring Kids Interactive Coloring Book Pop Art
Keith Haring Kids Interactive Coloring Book Pop Art | Source
Universe of Keith Haring
Universe of Keith Haring

A complete documentary overview of Keith Haring's life and work, from his small town childhood in Pennsylvania to his NYC street art and worldwide fame.


Make Your Own Pop Art - Cool artist tools ... you could be famous for your pop artwork

Cool online tools that let you create your own art in the style of pop artists. Some tools let you draw freeform, others allow you to upload a photo then modify it to resemble the pop artist's style. Make your own graphic poster art!

Roots and Influences of Sixties Art (op-art and pop art graphics)

You are what you eat - especially if you study other artists

Popular art of the sixties, including op art (or optical art) grew from the innovative styles of earlier artists including Escher, Vasarely, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Riley.

The Art of Peter Max
The Art of Peter Max

Explore a career in pop art that spans more than 40 years and continues today. Includes more than 40 illustrations that cover Max's work from posters to aircraft art for a 777 jetliner.


Peter Max Collectibles - Explore the art of one of America's most famous pop artists

Peter Max poster art was hot in the 60s, and it's still in high demand in the 21st century. Max and his art are the main theme in these publications that take you on a tour of his work - one is a collectible of the first edition of his self-titled magazine.

Peter Max, King of American Pop Art

Peter Max Larry King Interview

View a fascination Peter Max interview by Larry King. The video cannot be embedded here, so visit YouTube Larry King interviews Peter Max.

Peter Max Contemporary Art - Peter Max Paints Taylor Swift - She Says OMG That is So Cool

Peter Max is still painting and some of his more recent works have been portraits of presidents and celebrities. Here's a video about Peter Max's portrait paintings of Taylor Swift, including her reaction to the finished main piece.

Taylor Swift's hometown (Wyomissing) hosts a fine museum collection of pop art crated by fellow Berks County native, the late graphic artist Keith Haring.

OMG Taylor Swift Loves Peter Max's Portrait

Taylor Swift LOVES her portrait by Peter Max
Taylor Swift LOVES her portrait by Peter Max | Source

Sixties Culture & Nostalgia

Music, art and lifestyle of the 1960s featured here in links to lenses, blogs and web sites.

Printable Peace Coloring Pages and Posters
Printable Peace Coloring Pages and Posters | Source

Banksy Pop Art Video Not to Miss

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Brilliant Banksy documentary about a videographer who turned into a pop art star in Banksy's style


Which Artist's Style Had More Impact on Graphic Art? - Vote for your favorite graphic or pop art genre here

The art of the sixties had influences from previous genres and the popular culture of the decade. Since them more artistic styles have influenced pop art. Vote for the art influence you think has had the biggest impact on pop art up to now.

Robin Williams once said, "If you remember the sixties, you weren't there." Well, I do and I was, especially the art. What do you recall of our turbulent decade?

Which Artistic Style Is Most Popular?

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Create Your Own Pop Art Silkscreen Prints

DIY PRINT SHOP Classic Table Top Screen Printing Kit
DIY PRINT SHOP Classic Table Top Screen Printing Kit

Everything you need to become the next Peter Max or Keith Haring is included in this silk screen printing kit:

DIY Hinges with Screws

Wood 16x20 Screen

10" Squeegee

Green Galaxy Pitch Black Ink

Full Supply Kit


Keith Haring Tribute Video - Pennsylvania-born Haring was a New York street artist

Keith Haring, a native of Berks county, Pennsylvania, first took his art to the subways and streets of New York city. He also brought his talent to the children of the world and conducted many free art workshops with inner city kids, children who helped create impressive and colorful murals under Keith's guidance.

One of the late 20th century's most famous graphic artists, known for his faceless and expressive characters drawn in graffiti style, Keith Haring left a huge legacy in both artwork and humanity. Keith died far too early from AIDS-related complications, but his volume of unique pop art lives on.

If you get a chance to see a retrospective of Keith Haring Art Prints - some of which is adult in nature - you'll get the opportunity to experience the broad range of his graphic art talent and his penchant for making cause-related artwork.

Peace crafts for children
Peace crafts for children | Source
Peace sign graphic, blue peace symbol clip art
Peace sign graphic, blue peace symbol clip art

© 2008 Lee Hansen

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Takes me back. Thanks for a fun read and on being awarded the Purple Star Award.

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      Learnt some things and reminded me of others. Cool lens! :0)

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      This is really groovy!!!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Way out!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Far out!

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      shaneknight 4 years ago

      amazing art of creativity mate just loved your lens to admirable

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      CanvasArtPrint LM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, you make me want to work on mine till they're this good!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Amazing progress came out of the sixties - thankfully colour was amongst them. Blessings.

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      RCGraphicsDesign 5 years ago

      Loved Woodstock although it was wet, dirty, and uncomfortable. The experience was worth it. Great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a totally outstanding lens and I do remember a lot of what you covered. Nice work!

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      Pangionedevelopers 6 years ago

      great stuff here

      been looking for this

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      This might be your BEST Lens! ... Really Good Read.

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      Bellwood-Antiques 6 years ago

      You again and an other great lens! I was born in 52 so I have been there, this brings me back, all accept for the music. Who Cool. Thanks again.

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      Whopple 6 years ago

      Amazing Art. Love it. You are very talented.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      this is my kind of lens, love it...RWJR

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      dig it!

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      filmic 6 years ago

      Great Lens! Although the Flower People did kind of ruin it for the rest of us. Everything's illegal now.

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      avorodisa lm 6 years ago

      Hey, yes, this is an interesing topic that somewhow always stays fresh! Pop culture is a great modern phenomenon that helps us live a fuller life! In my country (Russia) they show a programm on TV that is called "Pop artists". It is a contest of pop artists from New York, and it is very interesing to watch how many artistic people compete and show their talents in so many different ways!

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      PhotoshopWarrior 6 years ago

      Love the Peter Max Poster Show video, Very informative lens

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely 60's art page. ~blessed~

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      lissame73 6 years ago

      groovy lens

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      Art from the sixties is definitely interesting. Nice lens.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Thanks for featuring the great masters of the 60's. Sprinkling Angel dust your way.

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      Pip Gerard 7 years ago

      I love the 60's so love this lense :)

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Love this lens. I was born in 48 so I was in college in 1969 - what a time in our country.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Yep! I got the spirit of 1960's.

      Angel dust and Blessing in your way

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      Springbok LM 7 years ago

      Great Squidoo keep up the good work!

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      John Dyhouse 7 years ago from UK

      fantastic intro to sixties art and loved the little art toys. Will be coming back again and again to soak it all in. BTW I certainly was there and also remember it well. Thanks for the lens

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Wonderful introduction to Sixites art. I'm a graphic designer too and although I wasn't around in the 60s, my greatest influences are Warhol, Peter Max and Keith Haring. I think this is a great resource for people who want to study the psychedelic art movement. ~Blessed~

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      bruceeisner lm 7 years ago

      great lens. I live pop art.

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      MrKerouac 7 years ago

      love me some Pollock, jasper johns, and Roy! Good lens!

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I remember these. Your 60's art has been featured on Coca-cola Chocolate Cake ( ).

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      I loved the 60s psychedelic art ~ Cool! Great lens and it brought back memories!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I am class of '66 so I think I was at the optimum time to take all this art in. I loved it. Would spend hours at the high end book stores and the Free Press book store. Looking and looking at all the explosive stuff being printed. It did not matter where we cruised to we always would end up at a book store for a little while. The little mom and pop ones were the best. They would be loaded with posters.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Oh I am a fan of the sixties--lived through it too!!


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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      I really dig the Sixties Pop Art trend -- wonder when it will become popular again?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was into the music!! Great lens, thanks.



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      Janet2221 8 years ago

      Hi again! ;) Fun lens! Lensrolled to my brand new Rainbow Tie Dye Gifts lens. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent Lens. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very Nice Lens. I Love the Creations by Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and of course Andy Warhol.

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      amandascloset0 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! Huge amount of information. Once again you don't hold back on the content. 5 stars! I also lensrolled this to my Remember Music of the 60's lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice pop art information. I should lensroll this into my pop art lens.

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Groovy lens Man ;)

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      Far Out~!

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      LeftHandMan 8 years ago

      Unreadable type and drug induced art, what a time. Album covers that would never make it past the suits today.

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      Allan R. Wallace 8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      The poster art I remember most were the comic ones. Two gaunt vultures on a dead tree limb "To heck with patience, I want to kill something." A foreign aid package being opened by a supper thin guru type - filled with Baby Ruth bars; and others less family acceptable. A key though, everyone had accessible personal art expression, with just a few inexpensive posters and maybe a black light.

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      I do remember the 60's, cuz it was full of Beatles! And peace signs. I loved wearing peace sgins and now my daughter has picked it up with the retro 60's styles that have come back. Tie-dye was great. And thanks for visiting my Ex-Hippies lens. This one brought back good memories too! (P.S. Check your link on your Sixties Band isn't working any more).

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      James20 8 years ago

      A great lens! I remember some of 1969. One thing, the moon landing. 5* and I am lens rolling this into my number one songs of 1969 video showcase lens.

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      JenOfChicago LM 9 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      the 60's.. such a great influence the sixties has had on graphic art.

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      nucis_space 9 years ago

      Great lens ... awesome visuals.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Love it! Anything loud I like. And the Mr. Picassohead was awesome. Thanks for sharing this great stuff!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Cool lens! Hubby would agree that I am wild about this type of art as he tells me I'm really into bright wild clothing prints. Love it!

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      Fox Music 9 years ago

      Great pop art lens, Thanks