Ram Han’s dreamscapes show a psychedelic and surreal world where faces can be replaced by swirling galaxies, teacups weep over spilled pills, and a Furby can be surgically dismantled to reveal a tiny Furby heart and brain. Han’s work revolves around nostalgia, memories real and imagined. Formally trained in animation, Han shifted her focus to illustration.
Los Angeles based artist Dang Olsen makes bizarre, vibrant paintings from childlike cartoon drawings and gives them a psychedelic treatment. Olsen doesn’t just tinker with your existing paradigm; he provides an aural portal for you to join him in his crusade for deeper dream appreciation. The paintings take on innocent themes as well as more mature ones, standing somewhere in between the traditionally playful LSD-inspired smiley faces and something more substantial, always hinting at an exploration of a larger concept.
Kentucky-based designer Robert Beatty’s succulent, technicolor, psychedelic-tinged, airbrush-like artworks can sometimes grace the covers of bands’ albums, thus making them cool, successful and lucky in love and good fortune forever. Robert’s magic touch is a unique style lifted from way back when life on earth was cooler, and from some cauldron of fluid in his brain from which he draws impressive draughtsmanship and weird ideas.
Cahill Wessel is an artist working out of San Francisco and has a vision of the world that we cannot all develop –at least not in all 5 senses. His work is based on his own experiences of life and the world, resulting inmulticolored and psychedelic illustrations.
He works in a variety of styles and mediums, mainly with colored pencil, which is a very labor-intensive medium. Ideas for pencil drawings pop into his head at the most unexpected moments, so he writes notes in his phone while out and about. Then he draws up small sketches of the ideas that he thinks aren’t stupid, select the arrangements that inspire him the most, and translate the sketch into a larger piece. He lightly maps out the imagery in graphite, and then begins the process of building up layers upon layers of colored pencil.
Hideyuki Katsumata‘s meticulous and colored works are tinged with a psychedelic aesthetic and invite us into an exuberant universe inhabited by mutant characters and monsters with multiple limbs and eyes, robots, UFOs and dragons. The scenery he has created is influenced by both Asian mythology and manga culture.
Demons, spirits, and creatures of strange possessions all engaging in odd scenes, erotic activities, and vulgar moments – all abound in Katsumata’s expressive compositions. He fills each piece of work with whimsical colors, brisk line work reminiscent of old comics, and scale that leaves you flipping through for more.
Detroit based Joey Salamon is an American artist / designer who is recognized for his vibrant, neon highly detailed illustration. Joey’s handcrafted images regurgitate blended influences from grunge, psychedelia, politics and history communicating his eccentric vision of the world.
Known for his detail-oriented, eye-popping and colorful psychedelic work, Salamon credits many themes as inspirations for his creations such as; botanical illustration, ancient cultures/civilizations, cityscapes, outer space, the use of repetition, the 60s counterculture/90s grunge movement, contemporary fashion and street art.
Morgan Blair grew up in rural Massachusetts, graduated from RISD in 2008, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her recent work explores the balance of control and freedom in her process, manifested in a mashing up of low contrast flesh tones with wild, neon color schemes; hard edges with fuzzed out airbrush gradients; smooth, flat shapes with brush marks and rough, sandy textures; and wonky, irregular forms with geometric curves and angles.
The resulting optical abstractions play on the absurd in pop culture, current events, the mall, the internet, common street trash, consumerism, and personal experience.
Matt Crabe creates psychedelic sexual swamp creatures and he isn’t afraid to torment you with them. The horrifically erotic and terrifying illustration works of ‘Heaven’s Favorite Man’ are so visually appealing and appalling that one can’t just look away. Check them out.
Michiel Schuurman is a Dutch graphic and textile designer. Schuurman’s personal work specializes in typography and poster design which often boasts a rather maximalistic approach. His practice of combining bright colors, warped glyphs, harsh perspectives, and acidic patterns creates some awfully intriguing eye-candy, which he often screen prints himself.
San Diego-based Kelsey Brookes has shifted his focus to explosive, kaleidoscopic paintings that fuse his fascinations with microbiomes, Buddhist philosophy, exotic plant life, and human desire. His meticulous compositions include bright colors and repetitive patterns resembling abstract mandalas, psychedelic tessellations, and energetic fields.
“The brain and its product, the mind, are a fascinating subject; I question existence, both philosophically and scientifically, and because of my background, a good place to start my interrogation of life is through the material science of the brain.” Kelsey Brookes
Brookes masterfully melds a deep knowledge of cognitive science and art to create bright, intensely detailed paintings that abstract drug compounds, molecules, atoms and hallucinogenic states to heighten a viewer’s sensory perceptions and reactions. His two main bodies of work — molecules and aesthetic abstractions — are created with a rigorous process of attentiveness. A process of focusing awareness on the paint that is lost from the brush as it is applied to the surface of the canvas, then refocusing attention as the mind wanders away; which provides visual evidence of both an artistic process and meditation in practice.