Neil Gibbson – Pictures from other realities
Neil Gibson is a very well known painter and decoration artist in Europe and around the globe. His works are very easy to identify. They tell the story of the inner world and they are clearly inspired by the psychedelic experience. We are more than happy to present you this exclusive interview with one of the best psychedelic painters that we have in the global psytrance community.
Psysociety:Your artwork “hypercube” is one of your most noticed and replicated works from you till date. What was the inspiration behind the hypercube?
A: I think you mean “Hyper-Cubism”. Or perhaps you mean the painting “SubMatrix3000”, which is likely my most replicated piece. But both works fall into the same category inspiration-wise. The idea came to me through many different sources. But basically, it’s my way of representing the hidden dimensions of energies which may or may not be visible to our naked eyes. Each window or slice is a view through a different filter, revealing the inner workings behind the veil of our 3rd-dimensional reality.
Psysociety: At which point in your life did you start to paint pieces inspired by psychedelia?
A: I became interested in art and particularly psychedelic art in high school, 16-17 years old. But it
wasn’t until I went to art school that I was able to find and develop my style.
Q: How did your way as an artist go? Did you have classical education or did you just start to do what you love?
A: I went to art school, but not study the classical training in painting. But I did just start to do what I
love, and more than anything, art school gave me the time and space to find what I loved and pursue it. I got lucky that I found a niche where my work was able to grow and be appreciated. And here we are today. It’s been a lot of work but lots of fun too. Not many people get to do what I do. Livin’ the dream!
Psysociety: You are in the psytrance scene for quite some time now. What has changed since you began getting involved in the scene and today?
A: Other than the music, it has become more accessible due to the internet. There were only flyers to know about parties.
Psysociety: How important are psychedelic substances in your work? Do they play a major role in the inspiration and creation of your art?
A: They can inspire some ideas. I hesitate to say they are not important, some more than others but I guess it’s different for everyone. LSD, in particular, is a great and powerful tool and when used at the right time in the right dosage, it can help one to visualize an idea, which is great for painting!
Psysociety:A lot has changed during the recent years. Where do you think the psytrance scene is heading?
A: Hopefully it’s heading in a good direction, and I already see it happening. Musical appreciation within the psy scene is widening, meaning many styles of psychedelic music are being represented and appreciated, and the lines are becoming blurred as more genres are being mixed. Culturally, we are continually building a community outside the mainstream which is affecting people lives and opening them to new ideas and ways of living. Also from a design perspective, artists and designers are embracing both form and function, finding the most practical solutions for things without sacrificing the beauty of it. I see so many people starting to make art and deco at a really high level, which only increases the appeal and raises the bar for everyone. I’ve seen cooler shit at a psy party than at most art galleries. So to answer your question, I think the scene is heading to a place where we are no longer just freaks on the edges of society, but contributors and influencers on all parts of society. Also it’s a great time to be an artist, because now more than ever we can reach people through social media, so creators in many branches of the artistic tree can make a living, much easier than in the past. So for the psychedelic artists, our niche is still an acquired taste, but more accessible than ever, which is good for everyone.
Psysociety: Can you tell us a little bit about your artistic process? How do your artworks come alive?
A: It depends on what I am working on or what I want to make larger. Usually, I start small, even some a tiny sketch or composition in my sketchbook. Then I make a few larger sketches or even a small painting or digital graphic. I’ve been using more technology lately, like a projector, to help get the composition more accurate. Also, I try to allow room for a balance of improvisation and pre-planned ideas, I call it my 50/50 formula. That way not everything is completely pre-designed, which can give some surprises during the process.
Thank you so much for taking the time for this Neil. It is great to get some background info about your art after seeing them so many times during the last decade. I wish you the best with your amazing art and other projects.
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