Top 4 cannabis-inspired artists: Get high on weed art

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Top 4 cannabis-inspired artists: Get high on weed art

Fred Tomaselli
Melanie Bernier
Ricardo Cortés
Bentley Meeker
Weed art: A new wave in creation

Weed-inspired art is just Purple Haze, right? Wrong.

The herb is a facet for artistic expression, encouraging artists of all media to spread their love of 420. Today, we’re paying homage to their creativity.

As attitudes towards ganja started shifting, more old-school and progressive creators started using the plant as inspiration for genuinely stunning works. Join us to explore four prominent names in weed art and their finest pieces.

Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli is a contemporary artist best known for his highly-detailed production on wood panels. His work is a concoction of unorthodox materials coated in sticky resin—how’s that for weed-inspired art?

Things of nature and industry found their way onto Tomaselli’s creations, all featuring the artist’s signature sense of psychedelia. In 1994, he decided to dedicate an entire panel to marijuana, and Super Plant was born.

This cool weed painting displays cannabis leaves, roots, and buds against a pitch-black background. Its minimalist style does justice to the natural intricacies of the crop, magnified to expose every delicate internode.

This specimen of weed art is hypnotizing, marrying the materials used in American folk with psychedelic elements and Persian color schemes. Resembling a mythological tree of life, it demonstrates the spiritual power of pot.

Melanie Bernier

Melanie Bernier is an activist, artist, musician, performer, and writer. This extensive portfolio includes texture-based sculptures that fuse the childlike with the surreal.

Her weed art portrays pot in an innocent, explorative light.

Bernier’s collection called Joints combines vinyl, wood, wool, and thread to create sculptural representations of buds and tightly-rolled spliffs. The piece uses no actual bud, but it sends a strong political message in the wake of widespread legalization attempts.

Her weed-inspired models show that she perceives the current 420 culture as goofy. Mixing the classic imagery of late-80s stoner culture with commercial and corporate motifs, suspecting that’s the future of cannabis as we know it.

Ricardo Cortés

The books of Ricardo Cortés, an illustrator and author, might not be an average parent’s idea of bedtime reading. Still, their weed-inspired nature seeks to destigmatize marijuana and fight the indoctrination against it that usually starts at a young age.

Revolutionary and inflammatory is the name of the game with Cortés’ work, but his book It’s Just a Plant is a prime example of weed art with a purpose.

The idea is that so many people smoke daily and that the child is likely to become aware of it eventually. Their source can be a loving, well-meaning parent or somebody much less reliable. Cortés prefers the former.

The book also contains many beautiful and funny weed paintings to illustrate the points to the child reader. Its realistic drawings might serve an additional purpose, but they’re beautiful enough to be worth hanging on your wall.

Bentley Meeker

Bentley Meeker is a lighting designer. He refuses traditional media, focusing on color and space and emphasizing the properties of light and their influence on human perception.

His unique environments were featured in big-name events, but the exhibition titled 186,282 is what draws our attention. It’s where his most significant piece of weed art came to life and received massive public attention.

This expo consisted of 24 sculptures made entirely of LED and halogen lights, with a masterful centerpiece called Bongolier. The Bongoliers are chandeliers made of glass bongs, bringing together various light sources.

If that doesn’t sound like weed art enough, consider that Meeker is a vocal proponent of cannabis. Another exhibition, called Weed World, used the recognizable seven-tipped leaf as its main motif. The emphasis on Bongolier might be more discreet, but it speaks volumes about normalizing the paraphernalia.

Weed art: A new wave in creation
Marijuana-inspired masterpieces are many on the modern landscape. We’ve only touched on the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of deep and funny weed paintings, sculptures, books, and installations to experience.

Whether you’re looking to elevate your smoking sessions with a thematic creation or express your attitudes with a counterculture piece, these four artists are great starting points. Use them to launch your journey into the wonderful world of weed art.

Looking at these paintings for stoners must’ve made you long for a herb to call your own. If you’d like to experience all the plant offers, get seeds and grow gorgeous photoperiods or autoflowers at home.

Author’s bio

Derek Bennett
Derek Bennett, a Cannabis Extraction Technician at I49 Seed Bank with more than 5 years experience of successful work in a weed processing field. He’s proficient in hemp products handling and familiar with separating and extracting the chemical compounds within cannabis. In addition, he has expertise in refining separated compounds to improve their overall purity.

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