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Matrix: The San Francisco Sound of 1967

An example of the early psychedelic rock handbills which Steven Arnold created for the famed Matrix nightclub in San Francisco's Fillmore District beginning in mid-1967.  Arnold was among the very first psychedelic handbill artists in the city.

An example of the early psychedelic rock handbills which Steven Arnold created for the famed Matrix nightclub in San Francisco’s Fillmore District beginning in mid-1967. Arnold was among the very first psychedelic handbill artists in the city.

” I believe it was Steven who actually initiated hippie dress in San Francisco, before it was fashionable.”

IRA YEAGER
San Francisco Artist


UNTITLED, Oil on Canvas, 1974

Steven Arnold. Untitled. Oil on Canvas. 1974.

Steven Arnold. Untitled. Oil on Canvas. 1974.

Steven Arnold began the series from which this example is drawn in late 1974, shortly after his return from Spain, where he worked with Salvador Dali on the completion of his Theatre-Museum in Figueres.  To see more of this series, and other examples of Arnold’s art, visit our GALLERY page.


UNTITLED, Acrylic on Canvas, 1974

This is only one of a collected body of over 80 canvases that Steven Arnold, American multimedia artist, photographer, and filmmaker painted starting in 1967 in San Francisco, lasting until shortly before his death in 1994 in Los Angeles.

This is one of a collected body of over 80 canvases that Steven Arnold painted starting in 1967 in San Francisco, lasting until shortly before his death in 1994 in Los Angeles.

To view more of the paintings in this series, CLICK HERE.

 


ON THE ROAD

A rare shot of Steven Arnold, taken in the late 60s/early 70s, San Francisco, CA.  Michael Wiese, the photographer and Steven’s dear friend and collaborator, recalls the following:  “I took this shot of Steven.  We were in Marin County. We were shooting our first film together – THE ELEMENTS. This was the first day of the shoot and were shooting a personification of “Air”.”


UNTITLED, OIL ON CANVAS, JANUARY 1967

THE BACK OF THIS WORK READS: “JOSEPH THE PROPHET; PAT THE UNITING FORCE; RUTH THE STRUCTURE”

This never-before-seen painting is part of a collected body of over 80 surrealist canvases that Steven Arnold painted starting in 1967 in San Francisco, continuing until shortly before his death in 1994 in Los Angeles. For further examples Arnold’s paintings, follow the links listed below.

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 1974

Self Portrait, Oil on Canvas, 1974

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 1974


THE POSTER ART OF STEVEN ARNOLD

This rarely seen poster was created in the late 1960s by Steven Arnold for San Francisco filmmaker and scholar Larry Jordan.  The producer of this event, The Intersection for the Arts, called simply Intersection here, is still highly active in San Francisco, although now at a new address.  During this period, Arnold was also creating posters for the renowned San Francisco nightclub, The MatrixFollow the text links highlighted in blue in the preceding paragraph and those listed below for more information.

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

LIFE MET ART HERE (THE ORIGINS OF INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS)

STEVEN ARNOLD’S SERIES OF PSYCHEDELIC HANDBILLS


60s POSTER ART FOR THE CHARLATANS AT S.F. MATRIX

Throughout 1967, Steven created a sizable body of surrealist, psychedelic poster art for the Matrix, a renowned San Fransisco nightclub, which featured regular performances by the likes of The Charlatans, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The DoorsSteve Miller Blues Band w/ Boz Scaggs, Santana, and The Velvet Underground.  We will be revealing more regularly.   


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