Outdoor music festivals have long been safe havens for the freedom of expression in all of its forms. One of the most exciting is no doubt the plethora of psychedelic or visionary art in a variety of mediums. The Do LaB, an events team most well-known for Lightning in a Bottle (LiB), just announced that this year’s massive will have Tycho’s Scott Hansen – who goes by ISO50 – at the helm for visual design. That means his artwork will be setting the vibe across the website, leaflets, and flyers.He had this to say about the initial artwork:
I was really inspired by the images my friend, photographer Daniel Zetterstrom, had captured of the event the year prior and set about incorporating them into a sort of idealized vision of what a gathering of people around art and music could be. I tried to create images that felt less literal and more like the memories people would take away from the event.
No doubt, this sort of imagery was inspired by altered states of consciousness and it very well captures the mood of outdoor festivals. We hope that this summer, more people will be getting turned on to some phenomenal artists that are just as much a part of the festival as the music itself. And if you can’t quite wait until summer, you can catch Amanda Sage and Android Jones’ live painting at Inspire Truth, Portland’s biggest NYE party. Here are eight internationally acclaimed visionary artists to be on the lookout for on your next outdoor music journey.
Let us know which artist is your favorite, or if you have another one in mind that you feel should be on this list. Also, be sure to check out other visuals, such as festival aftermovies, that we chose as our favorites for the year.