Brion Gysin

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Birthday
19, 1916
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 13, 1986 (70)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
19, 1916
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 13, 1986 (70)

About

Artist, poet, and performance artist best known for his drawings, paintings, and calligraphic works.

Before Fame

He invented an artistic device called the "Dreamachine," which created flickers of light that could still be seen if the viewer's eyes were closed.

Trivia

He was a close friend of the novelist William S. Burroughs, who made frequent use of the 'cut-up technique'--a method of cutting up and rearranging text to form new meaning-- that Gysin had invented.

Family Life

His father, a Canadian soldier, was killed in World War I when his son was still an infant.

Associated With

He joined the Surrealist Group, a Parisian organization of artists that counted Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso among its ranks.