Psychedelia is a style of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It generally began in 1966, but truly took off in 1967 with the Summer of Love. Its beginnings are associated with San Francisco but the style soon spread across the U.S.A, to Great Britain, and worldwide.
Psychedelia takes its name from psychedelic drugs, which helped give rise to the loud, swirling, pastel visual imagery and paisley designs. It was also influenced by Hindu, American Indian, and various Asian motifs, and extensive use of collage were a hallmark of the style.
For psychedelia as a musical phenomenon, see psychedelic music.
Some artists that were associated with the style of psychedelia are:
- Boyle Family
- Peter Max
- Underground comics
- Rick Griffin
- Zap Comics
- Gilbert Shelton
- Harry Clarke
- Rick Griffin Gallery: http://www.myraltis.co.uk/rickgriffin/galleries1.htm
- Boyle Family: http://http://www.boylefamily.co.uk/