Out There: The Transcendent Life and Art of Burt Shonberg by Spencer Kansa

Out There: The Transcendent Life and Art of Burt Shonberg

bySpencer Kansa

Paperback | November 30, 2017

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From the late-1950s until his premature death in 1977, Burt Shonberg was one of the most highly admired artists in Los Angeles. During this period, his eye-popping murals graced the facades and interiors of popular coffeehouses and hip clubs on the Sunset Strip; his paintings adorned several notable rock album covers, and his haunting portraits featured prominently in Roger Corman’s film adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and The Premature Burial.     


Soon after he settled in L.A., Shonberg became the lover of the legendary occult artist Marjorie Cameron who turned him on to the teachings of the Edwardian magus Aleister Crowley and introduced him to the mind-warping properties of peyote. Shonberg also embraced the Fourth Way system of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, and his canvases began to reflect the mystical illumination inspired by his higher states of consciousness.


In 1960, the artist was chosen by Dr. Oscar Janiger to participate in his groundbreaking study into the effects of LSD-25 on the creative process. Although Shonberg regarded himself as a magical realist, his remarkable renderings of his hallucinogenic visions led many of his acolytes to regard him as the preeminent psychedelic artist of the era, and in the words of his friend and fellow painter Walter Teller, “Burt was the artist of Laurel Canyon.”


Yet despite his popularity and status, Shonberg’s artistry has been criminally overlooked in all historical accounts of the Southern Californian art scene, until now. Out There redresses this injustice and brings some long overdue recognition to L.A.’s greatest lost artist, in a book illustrated with rare examples of his incandescent artwork.  

Dedications 4Chapter 1 Bitsy 5 Chapter 2 Frolicking in Flickerville 27Chapter 3 Cafe Frankenstein 51Chapter 4 Firestarter 69Chapter 5 The Experience 93Chapter 6 Baphomet 114Chapter 7 Out (of) Here 135Chapter 8 Super Chief 155Chapter 9 Rimbaud of the West Coast 172Chapter 10 Hollywood Babylon 190Chapter 11 Mysterian of the Cosmos 2...
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Title:Out There: The Transcendent Life and Art of Burt ShonbergFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:258 pages, 8.5 X 8.5 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:258 pages, 8.5 X 8.5 X 0.7 inPublished:November 30, 2017Publisher:MandrakeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781906958794

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From the late-1950s until his premature death in 1977, Burt Shonberg was one of the most highly admired artists in Los Angeles. During this period, his eye-popping murals graced the facades and interiors of popular coffeehouses and hip clubs on the Sunset Strip; his paintings adorned several notable rock album covers, and his haunting portraits featured prominently in Roger Corman’s film adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and The Premature Burial.      Soon after he settled in L.A., Shonberg became the lover of the legendary occult artist Marjorie Cameron who turned him on to the teachings of the Edwardian magus Aleister Crowley and introduced him to the mind-warping properties of peyote. Shonberg also embraced the Fourth Way system of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, and his canvases began to reflect the mystical illumination inspired by his higher states of consciousness. In 1960, the artist was chosen by Dr. Oscar Janiger to participate in his groundbreaking study into the effects of LSD-25 on the creative process. Although Shonberg regarded himself as a magical realist, his remarkable renderings of his hallucinogenic visions led many of his acolytes to regard him as the preeminent psychedelic artist of the era, and in the words of his friend and fellow painter Walter Teller, “Burt was the artist of Laurel Canyon.” Yet despite his popularity and status, Shonberg’s artistry has been criminally overlooked in all historical accounts of the Southern Californian art scene, until now. Out There redresses this injustice and brings some long overdue recognition to L.A.’s greatest lost artist, in a book illustrated with rare examples of his incandescent artwork.  

Table of Contents

Dedications 4

Chapter 1 Bitsy 5

 Chapter 2 Frolicking in Flickerville 27

Chapter 3 Cafe Frankenstein 51

Chapter 4 Firestarter 69

Chapter 5 The Experience 93

Chapter 6 Baphomet 114

Chapter 7 Out (of) Here 135

Chapter 8 Super Chief 155

Chapter 9 Rimbaud of the West Coast 172

Chapter 10 Hollywood Babylon 190

Chapter 11 Mysterian of the Cosmos 205

Epilogue 231

Appendix 246

Acknowledgments 251

Index 252