I was born in 1966 at the same time The Rolling Stones released the song Paint It Black in the UK and right before Revolver by The Beatles took music in a whole new direction. The Doors were signed that year too and even the Fugs had an album out. It was the beginning of a new phase in the musical arts, darker and more real; it was the precursor to punk rock and it was the soundtrack of the wave I was born on.
In terms of the visual arts the master illustrator Maxfield Parish died right before I was born. His phenomenally beautiful work seemed quite antiquated compared with a time where even Life magazine was curious about a whole other visual world entirely.
Right as I was born, young men my parents age were being drafted to go kill other people for a political difference they barely understood – and the cool people in society were pissed off about it. That righteous indignation spawned zine art that my generation massed produced with Xerox machines and carried over to the Photoshop made digital paintings I make (the liquefy filter). I’ve made a lot in color but somehow the monochromatic ones seem to have the most visual depth.
I made the above art as a flyer with the following text on the other side (yeah, you probably won’t get it either but that’s cool – it’s art baby)!