In the Land of Retinal Delights


In the Land of Retinal Delights (1968) by Robert Williams.

More psychedelia. I’d wanted to link to a decent version of this painting by Robert Williams for some time but it took a while for one to turn up. When people mention psychedelic art it’s usually concert posters they’re talking about. Williams’ super-detailed canvas is a good example of psychedelic painting when it conveys particular aspects of the hallucinogenic experience such as hyper-reality and a sense of physical distortion, something that the posters and album covers seldom convey. That said, Williams’ picture did appear as a cover illustration for The Acid Trip, Vernon Joynson’s guide to psychedelic music in 1984, setting that volume apart from similar books which are often spoiled by poor artwork.

Robert Williams at Beinart


Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The fantastic art archive

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The art of Mati Klarwein, 1932–2002
The art of LSD

3 thoughts on “In the Land of Retinal Delights”

  1. Escher’s work is a good reminder that you don’t need drugs to create mind-bending visuals.

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