Fred Tomaselli creates colorful and imaginative surreal works like portals to an alternate universe. His mesmerizing psychedelic painting/collage hybrids have mind-altering tendencies in more ways than one.
Over his career, the artist has earned a reputation for blending psychotropic substances with cut-out photos of animals and human parts to create his surreal works of art. Newer pieces shift the focus to more conventional photo collage and acrylic, yet are no less amazing.
Tomaselli’s use of unorthodox materials, especially hallucinogens, in his art has become as much a topic of conversation as his subject matter. Datura and marijuana leaves, mushrooms, and pills make up a myriad of cosmic patterns and designs, and bring a new meaning to the term “psychedelic art”. The substances are interwoven with carefully curated illustrations of butterflies, birds, insects, and human body parts that are cut out from various books and magazines. These materials are secured to wood panels and sealed in a layer of clear, epoxy resin.