Posts tagged “drawing

Matrix: The San Francisco Sound of 1967

An example of the early psychedelic rock handbills which Steven Arnold created for the famed Matrix nightclub in San Francisco's Fillmore District beginning in mid-1967.  Arnold was among the very first psychedelic handbill artists in the city.

An example of the early psychedelic rock handbills which Steven Arnold created for the famed Matrix nightclub in San Francisco’s Fillmore District beginning in mid-1967. Arnold was among the very first psychedelic handbill artists in the city.

” I believe it was Steven who actually initiated hippie dress in San Francisco, before it was fashionable.”

IRA YEAGER
San Francisco Artist


DRAWING DREAMS

” My drawings are my own language, voices from my subconscious… automatic image writing.  I draw directly on the paper with my pen without preconceiving anything – allowing the drawings to make themselves.  Often I am surprised and shocked by what appears – sometimes I laugh.  These drawings are strictly personal and not intended to entertain anyone.  Many of the images come from my dreams.  Sometimes when I am drawing, it’s as if forces are working through me, and I am only a medium.  I like the results and learn about my other sides… I hang new drawings by my bed and look at them a lot before going to sleep.  I find the more I draw, the stranger the drawings become, but also, they get better and better.”   – Steven Arnold


UNTITLED (Noncontiguous Man), 1975

Arnold, Steven. UNTITLED (Noncontiguous Man).  Rapidograph on paper. 1975.

Arnold, Steven. UNTITLED (Noncontiguous Man). Rapidograph on paper. 1975.

Inspired endlessly by his dreams, Steven Arnold would wake each day to capture his nightly visions is his sketchbooks.  While most of these drawings were translated into photography, paintings, and sculpture, there are many which stand on their own as unique works of art.


KAISIK WONG BY STEVEN ARNOLD

A visionary portrait of often-overlooked wearable art and fashion pioneer Kaisik Wong, by the multifaceted American artist Steven Arnold.

Wearable art and fashion pioneer Kaisik Wong captured in ink by multifaceted American artist Steven Arnold.


EARLY POSTER ART

Steven Arnold Matrix Poster

MATRIX POSTER (The Other Half and Frumius Bandersnatch) 1967 ©The Steven Arnold Trust

Among Steven Arnold’s first jobs as an artist was to create posters for the influential Matrix nightclub in San Francisco’s Fillmore district.  As early as 1966, Arnold’s posters were seen on the streets of San Francisco, advertising musicians like The Charlatans, Steve Miller Blues Band, and Quicksilver Messenger Service.  Furthered by these bands and others, such as Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and Country Joe and the Fish, The Matrix went on to be credited as the birthplace of the “San Francisco sound” of the psychedelic 1960s.  To see more of Steven Arnold’s poster art, scroll to the bottom of our Gallery page.


UNTITLED DRAWING (1989)

An example of the detailed drawings of American artist Steven Arnold.

An example of the detailed drawings of American artist Steven Arnold.


STEVEN ARNOLD’S PANORAMIC SKETCHBOOKS

Sketchbook

Sketchbook2

In the late 1960s, Steven Arnold worked on a series of Japanese accordion sketchbooks, which fold out to reveal long, continuous images across the folded pages.  The two examples above represent only a small section of one of the books.