, the artist best known for his 1960s concert posters for the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and others, died recently
at 67. His warping typefaces, posterized graphics and lush, neo-art-deco style helped bring the psychedelic counterculture in to visual terms and was an obvious influence on his fellow artists and graphic designers.
And obviously influenced a lot of advertising art directors as well. (That same desire to prove you're "with it" than by your outward appearance resulted in balding, middle-aged men in bell-bottoms and love beads. )
And Kelley's influence is probably stronger than ever in today's graphic culture which samples and swipes from everything. This homage, of course, is a natural:
Roots Revival Society, 2007
But in a way, this earlier usage is even more appropriate:
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