Saturday, January 5, 2008

Abdul Mati Klarwein in Ein hod (summer 1966)

The art of Mati Klarwein, one of the most influential artists of the 1960s counterculture. He produced art that studded the covers of some great albums including Abraxas by Santana. He was good friends of Jimi Hendrix and Brigitte Bardot. He traveled around the world and his experiences shown in his amazing visionary In the early 60's, Klarwein painted most of his works in a Parisian studio with its storefront gallery on Place Dauphine (on the Ile de la Cité). Quite often his studio became home to all-night music jams with the likes of Ornette Coleman or Ravi Shankar.
Summers were often spent in the company of other painters. Ernst Fuchs, Arik Brauer and Mati Klarwein spent the summer of 1966 together in Ein Hod Israel at Arik Brauer's home.
After his first visit to New York in 1961, Klarwein painted The Annunciation. "You can feel the sudden burst of the Big Apple's electric zap in the composition..." he later remarked. Carlos Santana used it as the cover image of his band Santana's second album Abraxas (1970). The psychedelic era would not have been complete without Abdul Mati Klarwein.(and Ein Hod?)

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