Art of Mystical
and Magical Wonders

Created by UK digital artist Brian Exton

Digital Artist Brian Exton

My name is Brian Exton Exton, I am a digtal artist and an experienced teacher of the guitar and I live in Ryde on the Isle of Wight UK. The artwork I create could best be described as psychedelic visionary art. It expands wide in form by embracing mysticsm, the mind-expanding culture of the 60s and early 70s through to the psychedelic trance scene of today.

Psychedelic art gained widespread popularity around the psychedelic music of the 60s and 70s by such musicians as Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Velvet Underground, The Doors, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd. It was often seen in concert posters, album covers, advertising, and comic books.

Psychedelic art has now become popular as the visual component of trance, techno and progressive dance music. It is often scene in visuals, flyers and posters at nightclubs, festivals and other music events.

The pictures I design are created digitally and built up like an architectural structure. They start with the creation and exploration of a fractal, which then becomes the foundation and background of the picture. But what is a fractal? It is a mathematical representation of chaos - well not exactly - it is more like a computer generated tree that just keeps branching out again and again into infinity.

Fractals are based on mathematical equations that never end, that is, no matter how much you enlarge the image, there is always the same amount of detail and a repetition of mathematically defined shapes in the enlarged image.

Upon these backgrounds I then build the picture by creating the foregrounds such as planets, trees, stars and people by using layers. In most cases the picture has to move through several programs before completion. After adding various textures and materials to the image and applying the final touches with some of the paint tools in Photoshop the picture is finally complete.

My interest in the arts began in the 70s when I attended college and studied Graphic Design. I also had a spell painting with oils using the Bob Ross method. He was a wonderful man, close to nature and a fantastic landscape artist who gave me a lot of inspiration which I till use in some of my art today. Sadly no longer here, he brought a unique style of oil painting to TV viewers in the US and other countries around the world with his half hourly painting classes. See the Bob Ross website.

I became interested in digital art in the late eighties and early nineties first using the Amiga 500 computer. Although very slow in comparison with today's machines, some of the programs available at the time were capable of producing good results.

After gaining a diploma in computer skills I can now design pictures that would have been near impossible years ago. As well as creating digital art, I also enjoy taking photos of landscapes, coastal scenes, villages, historic buildings and monuments etc.

My work is a demonstration of how art and technology can come together and be used to express the imagination of the artist.

Brian Exton