- Visionary art
Visionary art is
artthat purports to transcend the physical world and portray a wider vision of awarenessincluding spiritual or mysticalthemes, or is based in such experiences.
Both trained and self-taught (or outsider) artists have, and continue to create visionary works. Many visionary artists are actively engaged in spiritual practices, and some have drawn inspiration from
Walter Schurian, professor at the
University of Munster, is quick to point out the difficulties in describing visionary art as if it were a discrete genre, since "it is difficult to know where to start and where to stop. Recognized trends have all had their fantastic component, so demarcation is apt to be fuzzy." Despite this ambiguity, there does seem to be emerging some definition to what constitutes the contemporary visionary art 'scene' and which artists can be considered especially influential. Contemporary visionary artists count Hieronymous Bosch, William Blake, Morris Graves(of the Pacific Northwest School of Visionary Art), Emil Bisttram, and Gustave Moreauamongst their antecedents. Symbolism, Surrealismand Psychedelic artare also direct precursors to contemporary visionary art.
Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, which includes Ernst Fuchsand Arik Brauer, is also to be considered an important technical and philosophical catalyst in its strong influence upon the contemporary visionary culture. It may also be considered the European version, with the names being interchangeable. A number of the visionary artists have trained under teachers from the Vienna school; Mati Klarwein, Robert Venosa, Laurence Caruana, A. Andrew Gonzalezand Philip Rubinov-Jacobson. They have in turn brought the these teachings to North America.
Important networks and organisations
On the internet, the
Society for the Art of Imagination, founded by Brigid Marlinserves as an important portal for visionary art events.
Laurence Caruana's Paris-based
The Visionary Revuebrings attention to lesser-known visionary artists and analyses aspects of visionary art from an erudite scholarly perspective.
, established in 1999 by artist and author Daniel Mirante features a new interview and expose every few weeks with established and up-and-coming visionary artists.
Surreal Visionary Art Forum, established by Jon Beinart also provides a networking tool for those interested in the contemporary movement. Jon also founded the beInart International Surreal Art Collectivewhich exhibits visionary artists in context of the movement.
More recently, a new wave of visionary artists collaborate under the umbrella of Elfintome and Lightscience which function as modern cooperatives involved in self-publishing and promotion of visionary artists through the internet and via festivals such as
Burning Manand Boom Festival, and exhibition/ritual spaces such as Synergenesis and the Interdimensional Art Movement.
Old master visionary artists
Edward Burne Jones
A. Andrew Gonzalez
De Es Schwertberger
Oleg A. Korolev
* 2007 - "Metamorphosis" (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8
* 2006 - "True Visions" (
Erik Davisand Pablo Echaurren) (Betty Books) ISBN 88-902372-0-1
* 2005 - "Fantastic Art" (Taschen) ( Schurian, Prof. Dr. Walter) ISBN 978-3-8228-2954-7 (English edition)
* 1979 - "Celestial Visitations The Art of Gilbert Williams" (Pomegranate Artbooks) ISBN 0-517539-00-4
* 1975 - "Cosmic Art" Ramond & Lila Piper (Hawthorne Books) ISBN 0-8015-1774-5
*The Symbolist and Decadent art movement
*Transcendental Painting Group
* "Celestial Visitations The Art of Gilbert Williams" (Pomegranate Artbooks) ISBN 0-517539-00-4, 1979
* Carlo McCormick " Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of
Alex Grey", Inner Traditions International, 1990
Joseph Nechvatal[http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/Blake/BlakeVisionWWW.htm William Blakeand Visionary Art]
* Metamorphosis: 50 Contemporary Surreal, Fantastic and Visionary Artists (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8
* John Maizels,"Raw Creation: Outsider Art and Beyond" (1996). ISBN 0714831492
* Elka Spoerri, Daniel Baumann and E. M. Gomez, "The Art of
Adolf Wolfli" (2003). ISBN 0691114986
* Geiger, John (2005). Nothing Is True - Everything Is Permitted: The Life of
Brion Gysin. The Disinformation Company, 130. ISBN 19328571251.
* "Fantastic Art" (Taschen) ( Schurian, Prof. Dr. Walter) ISBN 978-3-8228-2954-7 (English edition), 2005
* "Metamorphosis" (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8, 2007
* "Cosmic Art" Ramond & Lila Piper (Hawthorne Books) ISBN 0-8015-1774-5, 1975
*Essays and articles
** [http://maxmagnusnorman.com/english/inspiration.shtml "The Path of Visions" by Max Magnus Norman]
** [http://www.alexgrey.net/essay/whatis.html "What is Visionary Art?" by Alex Grey]
** [http://www.avam.org/stuff/whatsvis.html "What is Visionary Art?" by the American Visionary Art Museum]
** [http://visionaryrevue.com/webtext/manifesto.contents.html A Manifesto of Visionary Art]
** [http://www.lila.info/document_view.phtml?document_id=96 Daniel Mirante and Maura Holden discuss visionary art]
** [http://www.ayahuasca.com/?p=9 "Nectarian Art" - Daniel Mirante discriminates a subgenre of visionary art]
** [http://beinart.org/info/essays/maura-holden-tsunami.php Visionary Art Essay by Maura Holden]
** [http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/Blake/BlakeVisionWWW.htm "William Blake and Visionary Art" by
*Museums and galleries
** [http://www.lila.info Lila : Contemporary Visionary art and Medicine Culture]
** [http://www.podcollective.com pod collective : online visionary art community and gallery]
** [http://www.artofimagination.org Society for Art of Imagination]
** [http://iasos.com/artists/ Iasos Visionary Artists Gallery]
** [http://www.godconsciousness.com/visionaryart.php GodConsciousness.com]
** [http://www.avam.org American Visionary Art Museum] in
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