Images of psychic art are recorded in our earliest visual records covering centuries. In an examination of prehistoric man, ancient sages, and shaman’s, to the modern day psychic artist we find an intuitive acceptance of pictures. Psychic art is one of our greatest tools of communication and intuitive comprehension of space that expands our physical reality and pleases the eye as well as the logic of the mind.
The term psychic art is a form of automatism representing a person whose writing, drawing, painting, or musical performance occurs without conscious control or knowledge. Premonitions of future events, messages from beyond the grave, and scenes from the distant past are available to review in vivid color, shapes, and lines in sharp contrast to physical reality. The term psychic art is somewhat of a deliberate umbrella used to include almost everything in the field including forms of tribal art, folk art, and today’s suggestion of spirit drawing. It is safe and valid but a very general term for automatism.
Some of the most competent and promising contributions of psychic art on public record have been utilized in a criminal investigations such as zeroing in on a rapist or other hideous crimes such as the hillside strangler of Los Angeles in which the psychic artist produced renderings of the suspect and other clues related to the crime during the investigation. Such records are rare given the onslaught of mail and phone calls that law enforcement agencies receive following media coverage of these gruesome crimes.
The cultural phenomena of the early Victorian fascination with spiritualism and other pseudo-sciences championed the terrain of paranormal research in the nineteenth century. Observations at that time separated paranormal phenomena from the psychology of the mind.
Reports by leading researchers such as Sir William Crooks and William James presented evidence of automatic writing and drawing. Carl Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious; examined automatism and consequently propelled the variedness of both psychology and parapsychology studies.
Psychic art-automatism was presented repeatedly and conclusively by a respondent in Remote Viewing experiments conducted at the Mobius Group headed up by Stephen Schwartz in the 1980s. The term remote viewing is the ability to perceive places, persons, and actions that are not within the range of the five senses.
There is a large market for spirit guide drawings or renderings illustrating messages from deceased relatives listed under the umbrella term of Psychic Art through various channeling sources. The practitioner sometimes referred to as a Medium mentally connects with the spirit world to produce the artwork for the customer.
Authentic oil paintings created in genuine psychic automatism, documented in the 1970s through news and broadcast are now being released for publication in prints. An extraordinary illustration supporting psychic art- automatism was the 1979 CBS documentary Psychic Phenomena; which filmed the psychic artists painting with their eyes closed. Another example was a BBC Nova in “Horizons in ESP” Those titles considered for reproduction are “Earth Mother”, “Alpha Theta Omega”, “Ohm 1” and “Earth Father”. Images and colors from the deepest realms of the paranormal onto the canvas and then out to the public are sure to open up new dimensions of profound thought for the public at large.
Psychic Art Automatism is often associated with Surrealism. The mechanics of Surrealism is divided into two groups of expression, Automatism or “Absolute” and “Veristic”. The Veristic form transforms objects from the physical world into their paintings. The Absolute form derives their imagery purely from spontaneous thought.
The 1920s and 1930s were a significant era for Surrealism in the United States. Leading the great surrealist movement of the times was Salvador Dali who is considered the greatest surrealist master of the art of the twentieth century. In a critical appreciation of the historical principles of art, Surrealism was not a social action, yet it remains a symbol of cultural liberation of the times.
Psychic Art Automatism, on the other hand, is entirely the scope of the unconscious mind attributed to phenomena that cannot be explained by natural laws. It is often predictive but remains one of the less investigated psychic skills in parapsychology.
Perhaps a presence in a museum would create an active market for Psychic Art Automatism but most likely for only the elite group of paranormal societies.