Psychedelic Art Scene Explodes

Psychedelic-inspired visionary art is breaking through conventional barriers and establishing whole new trends in the art world.

by David Jay Brown

Every creative person who has ever taken a psychedelic drug or plant yearns to express the experience.

Among the many astonishing things that psychedelic substances do to the human nervous system, they have a most extraordinary effect on visual perception, the imagination, and the optical cortex of the brain.

Visual art that is reminiscent of the kinds of perceptual changes that psychedelics bestow upon our view of the world, and the extraordinary visions that one sees with closed eyes during a psychedelic brain state--ever-morphing, intricately-detailed, brightly-colored, otherworldly, complex, geometrically organized, and imbued with personal meaning--is often referred to as 'psychedelic' or 'visionary' art.

Psychedelic art is not always inspired by a drug-induced experience, but it often is, and like dreams and surreal art, visionary artists draw upon the unconscious as their source of inspiration. However, truly psychedelic paintings are charged with an unmistakable psychoactive intensity that clearly demonstrates that the artist has intimate knowledge of profound mystical states of consciousness.

Psychedelic art is not always inspired by a drug-induced experience, but it often is, and like dreams and surreal art, visionary artists draw upon the unconscious as their source of inspiration. However, truly psychedelic paintings are charged with an unmistakable psychoactive intensity that clearly demonstrates that the artist has intimate knowledge of profound mystical states of consciousness.

Sex, death, and spiritual transcendence are common co-mingling themes in psychedelic art, and this type of art is, of course, usually best viewed and most appreciated while one is under the influence of a psychedelic. Most people who have done psychedelics can instantly tell if a piece of artwork was inspired by a psychedelic experience or not, as knowledge of psychedelic mind states simply can not be faked.

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