Psychedelic Painting

These psychedelic paintings are absolutely beautiful. And what intrigues me is not the result, but the process of making it. Psychedelic art is any art inspired by psychedelic experiences known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin and contains features like e.g. kaleidoscopic, fractal or paisley patterns, bright and/or highly contrasting colors or phosphenes, spirals, concentric circles, diffraction patterns, and other entoptic motifs etc. The best way to understand is to see: 23tumblr_ng6feb5BQs1qa4iv8o6_500

And talking about pychedelic paintings you have to know who Bruce Riley is. Bruce Riley is a Chicago based artist who drips paint into paint in an endlessly layered arrangement resulting in paintings that look like underwater scenes, psychedelic visions and abstract dreamscapes. Aron Packer says about Bruce Riley:
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“Bruce Riley is an alchemist.  It’s an overused term in abstract painting but in this case it’s true.  Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting’s progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It’s just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that’s of the moment.  The recent paintings have a psychedelic, organic sculptural feel about them. They are process-driven, relying on chance as much as intent. And chemical interactions within the paint are always welcome. Riley paints for himself, but if the viewers were to forget themselves while looking at these pieces, they would be as close as one can get to an understandable meaning.”Unbenannt

This is beautiful.

Pictures via Bruce Riley

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