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