Psychedelic art

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Parabolic Vehicle of Conception by Adam Scott Miller is an example of visionary art which attempts to accurately portray and replicate the experience of psychedelic level 7 geometry combined with level 3 internal hallucinations.

Psychedelic art is any art inspired by psychedelic experiences known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin. The word "psychedelic" (coined by psychologist Humphry Osmond) means "mind manifesting". By this definition, all artistic efforts to depict the inner world of the psyche may be considered "psychedelic".

In common parlance, "psychedelic art" refers to the art movement of the late 1960s counter-culture. Psychedelic visual arts were a counterpart to psychedelic rock music. Concert posters, album covers, light shows, murals, comic books, underground newspapers and more reflected not only the kaleidoscopically swirling patterns of LSD hallucinations, but also revolutionary political, social and spiritual sentiments inspired by insights derived from these psychedelic states of consciousness.


  • Fantastic, metaphysical and surrealistic subject matter
  • Depictions of geometry-based autonomous entities
  • Kaleidoscopic, fractal or paisley patterns
  • Bright and/or highly contrasting colours
  • Extreme depth of detail or stylization of detail
  • Morphing of objects and/or themes
  • Phosphenes, spirals, concentric circles, diffraction patterns, and other entoptic motifs
  • Repetition of motifs
  • Innovative typography and hand-lettering, including warping and transposition of positive and negative spaces

Visionary artists

Symbolism, Cubism, Surrealism and Psychedelic art are also direct precursors to contemporary visionary art.

See Acidmath, Art of Imagination (AOI), the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) webshop, Frame of Mind, Last Rites Gallery, Threyda, Visionary Arts Foundation, Vision Lab, or the individual websites below, to buy products or to donate. Visionary artist can also be found at DeviantArt, or forums. A lot of animators were found on the YouTube channel Wᴀᴛᴄʜ Wʜɪʟᴇ Hɪɢʜ.

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