Wes Wilson

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Wes Wilson
Born Robert Wesley Wilson
(1937-07-15) July 15, 1937 (age 80)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American (United States)
Known for Psychedelic art, Poster art, Painting
Movement Psychedelic art

Wes Wilson (born July 15, 1937) is an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters.[1] Best known for designing posters for Bill Graham of The Fillmore in San Francisco, he invented a style that is now synonymous with the peace movement, psychedelic era and the 1960s. In particular, he is known for inventing and popularizing a "psychedelic" font around 1966 that made the letters look like they were moving or melting.[2] His style was heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement[3]. Wilson is considered to be one of "The Big Five" San Francisco poster artists, along with Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, and Stanley Mouse.[4]

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  1. ^ Marks, Ben (7 October 2011). "Where Hard Rock Meets Pop Art". The New York Times Style Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wes Wilson", Classic Posters, Retrieved on 30 January 2013.
  3. ^ Rawsthorn, Alice (2009-03-16). "Tripping Back to the World of Psychedelia". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  4. ^ "When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters, 1966-1971". Boing Boing. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 

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