MURDOCH, Frank Nash

USA (1925-1995)

Last updated: April 2, 2020 at 13:14 pm

Illustrator; impressionist; underwater painter; took part in a controlled university experiment studying the relationship between LSD and creativity. As a patient of Dr. Oscar Janiger, Murdoch, who was bipolar and an alcoholic, was given experimental doses of LSD for several months in an attempt to cure his late stage alcoholism via LSD psychotherapy. In addition, Murdoch was required to paint still-lives while on and off the drug. After his treatment, Murdoch continued to to produce LSD artwork, including most of his underwater paintings.

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