Wes Wilson

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Wes Wilson
Robert Wesley Wilson

(1937-07-15) July 15, 1937 (age 82)
Sacramento, California
NationalityAmerican (United States)
Known forPsychedelic art, Poster art, Painting
MovementPsychedelic 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 (October 7, 2011). "Where Hard Rock Meets Pop Art". The New York Times Style Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Wes Wilson", Classic Posters, Retrieved on 30 January 2013.
  3. ^ Rawsthorn, Alice (March 16, 2009). "Tripping Back to the World of Psychedelia". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters, 1966-1971". Boing Boing. October 14, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2018.

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