Monday, October 7, 2013

Hapshash and the Coloured Coat.


These magical posters just take me away to another world.  I've always been so fascinated with 60's era illustration (as you can plainly see in my work and the inspirations I share here from time to time), but I am always discovering new illustrators and artists from the era that just tickle me pink. I've been working on a series of ink drawings and have delved back into the archives to study the visions from that magical mystery time (1965 to 1973 being the peak of psychedelic art). 

My adventures in Google Images eventually brought me to Another Design Blog 's psychedelic tag and a post written about Design duo Hapshash and the Coloured Coat: 

"Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, the 1960s design duo comprised of Michael English and Nigel Waymouth. The two artists, together with associate Martin Sharp, are indelibly associated with the London psychedelic scene of the late Sixties. Whereas Sharp’s posters were often loose and dramatically bold explosions of shape and colour, the Hapshash posters were more carefully controlled in their curating of disparate elements borrowed from Art Nouveau—especially Mucha and Beardsely—comic strips, Op Art, Pop art and fantasy illustration. Their work perfectly complemented the very distinctive atmosphere of the capital’s psychedelic scene which, for a couple of hectic years, saw an explosion of new bands (or old bands in new guises) fervently engaged in a lysergic exploration of Victoriana, childhood memories and frequent silliness. UK psychedelia is generally more frivolous than its US equivalent which had the Vietnam War and civil disorder to deal with; English and Waymouth’s graphics captured the London mood." ~ via JohnCoulthArt



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Hi Lise, I just got your comment over on the Antony Little post..this is such a coincidence! Hapshash and the Coloured Coat have been on my mind all day, probably because there's an auction of some of their original posters coming up in a month or two..I think the Julie Felix and the UFO Coming ones that you've posted are probably my two personal favourites but I really love the Oz Position 70 and Oz No.13 (Catherine and the Wheel of Fire) covers as well, they're amazing..I've actually posted about Hapshash myself too quite a while back when the exhibition was on in London and I literally just decided to update that very post today because I realised that I had scanned a photo of their very first collaboration but forgot to include it at the time. (It was a promo poster for The Purple Gang's 'Granny Takes a Trip' single).

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Ps this is it (newly updated with The Purple Gang promo) x

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