The hallucinatory nature of Robert Beatty's artwork

The hallucinatory nature of Robert Beatty's artwork

Though the name isn't as recognisable as his striking artworks, I'm almost certain you're familiar with his work. Try mixing Salvador Dali with Sci-Fi scapes, and you're still not even close to Robert Beatty's other-worldly compositions. 

In what appears to be a gradual reprisal of psychedelic pop-rock, Beatty crops up to add an even more hypnotic flavour to the broth, but never enough to spill over. His work stretches from album jackets for Tame Impala, and side-project Three Legged Race, to work for Wired Magazine and now his own hardback book, Floodgate Companion, featuring his extensive collection of artwork, published in the Fall of last year.

Floodgate Companion by Robert Beatty. Published by Floating World Comics.                       Image source robertbeattyart.com

With infinite resources at our disposal, his loyalty to traditional art and printing practices like paints and risographs greatly increases my respect for him. While you can always replicate conventional techniques on a computer, there is never anything quite like the real thing.


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