The Cult

Alton Kelley

Airbrushed artwork, featuring a caduceus or Wand of Hermes

The Cult, a large piece of original airbrushed artwork, featuring a caduceus or Wand of Hermes. The imagery used in this painting is highly characteristic of the artist’s work, which incorporated winged symbols for a variety of bands. It was commissioned by the Cult’s L.A. management for a U.S. tour. The Cult, leading exponents of post-punk goth-rock, established a dedicated following in their native Britain in the mid-80s with tracks such as ‘She Sells Sanctuary’. With a new, harder rock sound, they broke into the U.S. market in the late 80s with the single ‘Love Removal Machine’ and their 1989 album, ‘Sonic Temple’, was a worldwide, multi-platinum hit. The caduceus was an ancient astrological symbol of commerce and is often depicted being carried by the Greek god Hermes (Thoth in ancient Egypt), the messenger and herald of the gods, conductor of the dead and protector of merchants and thieves. 

Size: 29 x 39 in (73 x 99 cm)Alton Kelley is an American artist known for his psychedelic art, including designs for 1960s rock concerts and albums. Along with fellow artist Stanley Mouse, Kelley is credited with creating the wings and beetles on all Journey album covers as well as the skull and roses image for the Grateful Dead.

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