This biography explores the life and work of the influential American artist Burt Shonburg, often considered the premiere psychedelic artist of the Sixties. He was one of the first artists to participate in studies of LSD on the creative process, but more than that, he was deeply into the occult itself; he was was influenced by the occult writings of both Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff, and was at one time the lover of occult artist Marjorie Cameron.
Kansa's book provides a fascinating window into counter-cultural life in mid-century Los Angeles, and shows in his life fasctinating intersections between magical inspiration, psychedelic experience and artistic production.
Illustrated throughout with full-colour and monochrome photographs of Shonburg, his art and his friends,
Oxford: Mandrake of Oxford, 2017. Softcover, 255 pages. New.