The Storybook-Psychedelic Rock Posters of Marq Spusta

Collector’s Weekly
By Ben Marks

The work of this rising young artist is well worth watching.

The enthusiasm for Marq Spusta’s rock posters is particularly high right now, and September of 2010 could prove to be a watershed month for the 32-year-old artist.

What makes Spusta’s success noteworthy is that he’s achieved it by largely ignoring the usual imagery associated with rock posters, flying eyeballs, rose-draped skeletons, and long-legged, buxom women in various stages of undress. Instead, Spusta’s compositions are trippy and sweet, filled with mythical creatures, wide-eyed children, and flora that would surely puzzle Gregor Mendel. The result is a kind of storybook psychedelia in which the wonder years of childhood gently bump up against old-school surrealism.

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