Burt Shonberg holding his masterpiece "Seated Figure and a Cosmic Train - 1965

Early paintings from the late 50s to 1960 from the private collection of Burt Shonberg's nephew, Steven Schrater

Self Portrait - 1958 - 16 X 20 in - Casein on Masonite - From the private collection of The Divins Family Art Collection - ©2012 Dennis Divins

Laurel Canyon - 1968 - 3' X 3' - From the private collection of Eric Shevin - ©2012 Eric Shevin

"Mars The God of War" - 1960 - casein on masonite - From the private collection of Judith Shevin - ©2012 Judith Shevin

"Portrait of Ray Shevin" - 1961 - casein on masonite - From The Private Collection of Judith Shevin - ©2012 Judith Shevin

"Jesus" - 1960 - casein on paper - From The Private Collection of Judith Shevin - ©2012 Judith Shevin

Abstract - 1961 - casein on masonite - From The Private Collection of Judith Shevin - ©2012 Judith Shevin

"The Dawning of the Clear Light of Reality" - 1965 - casein on masonite - Photographed by Ira Odessky - Courtesy of Judith Shevin

"Two Figures" - 1958 - Casein on Canvas - from the private collection of Susan Jamieson ©2015 Susan Jamieson

"Atlantis"

4' X 3' - casein on masonite - 1960 - One of Shonberg's masterpieces - From the private collection of Richard Christian Matheson - ©2012 Richard Christian Matheson

"Earth Child" - casein on masonite - 2' X 3' - 1961 From the private collection of Sheldon Jaman

Seated Figure in Chair - casein on masonite - 5' X 6' - 1961 - from the private collection of Sheldon Jaman

Portrait of Sheldon Jaman - 3' X 4' - casein on masonite - 1961 - from the private collection of Sheldon Jaman

Painting of structure believed to be located in Spain - 3' X 4' - casein on masonite - 1963 - from the private collection of Sheldon Jaman

1969 - Title Unknown - From the private collection of Ira Odessky - ©2012 Ira Odessky

"Seated Figure and a Cosmic Train" - 1965

casein on masonite - featured painting at Shonberg's exhibition in 1968 sponsored by George Greif held in Los Angeles.

This painting was a self-portrait of Burt Shonberg sitting in his living room in Laurel Canyon during an LSD experience.

(for a further description of the LSD experience, click on "out here" the book.)

Read here about Dr. Oscar Janiger's research with LSD-25 of which Burt Shonberg participated in.

There were many Hollywood actors and celebrities that took LSD with Dr. Janiger, some of whom purchased paintings from Burt Shonberg.

"The Magnificent Monster" - 1958 - Casein on Masonite - 4' X 8'

From the private collection of Suzanne Roach ©2015 Suzanne Roach

"OUT HERE"

In memory of Joseph Jay Dekeyser

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casein on masonite - 3' X 5'

This painting was used as an album cover by Arthur Lee & Love

Considered by many to be one of Shonberg's masterpieces.

"MARS" - 1961 - ©2015 LaughDome Records LLC

"AZTEC VISION" - 1965 - Casein on masonite - 4' X 3'

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"SEVENTH RAY IN THE RAY OF CREATION" - 1963

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casein on canvas - 6' X 6'

This painting was the featured painting done in Ibiza, Spain that was shown at Burt's exhibition in Los Angeles in 1968

Below are some memories from Bob Storr, a close personal friend of Burt Shonberg. Bob confirms that Burt Shonberg did visit with Salvador Dali while in Spain. Bob was a recording engineer in the film industry and did work on the film "Logan's Run" (written by George Clayton Johnson). In 1970, Bob recorded a narration by Burt Shonberg from Burt's orignal writing called "Every Once In A While". Click here to listen.

I was just remembering Burt and the days when we used to drive around the Laurel Canyon/Los Angeles area in a pleasant state of consciousness in my 1950 Plymouth. I especially recall Burt's recounting of his trip to Ibiza, and visit with Salvador Dali at his house in Costa Del Sol, Spain and other convergent adventures.

Burt remarked about the artist's colony in Ibiza and how many people would gather at a favorite oasis and how Burt tried Absinthe for the first time. He said that it seemed mild enough, like an anise-flavored liqueur, (although it is classified as a spirit.) All was as usual until he tried to stand. It was as if the Green Lady had landed a haymaker right between his eyes and he had to struggle to keep his balance.

Man! How many did he have?

Burt told me that at this favored watering-hole he was startled to see the many German artists and tourists who had come to Ibiza who looked as if they were products of a eugenics program for uber schtarkers and how they would call loudly down the length of the bar their deprecatory comments if, for instance, someone mentioned Jews in a favorable light, "Alles fur der Juden, ja?"

(Good thing for them that Lenny Bruce wasn't there.)

These are just a few words and reminiscences that I recall regarding Ibiza. Several of our friends have moved on to their "next location" and we who are left behind have only fragments of our shared experiences to remember and contemplate.

In Burt's case, many of the stories he told and statements he made merit profound contemplation.

I have more recollections, not related to Ibiza or Dali and even a short sound recording of Burt reciting the Shonbergian prose contained in a cartouche written on the wall of the entrance to Cafe' Frankenstein in Laguna Beach.

Burt told me that as he was standing in the entrance way, a lady, who had just read the writing remarked, "That's the scariest thing I've ever read." Burt turned towards her, bowed and replied, "Thank you, Madam.

Mural painted by the entrance of The Purple Onion - Los Anges - circa 1965

Casein on Masonite - 8' X 6' painted on three panels

This painting was destroyed by the elements during storage in Las Vegas during the 70s.

"Something Greeen For Sally" - 1958 - Casein on Masonite - ©2015 Sally Kellerman

This painting was given to Sally Kellerman on her 21st Birthday by Burt Shonberg. The theme of the birthday party was that everyone had to bring a present in the color green. For some unknown reason, Shonberg spelled the word Green as "Greeen". Years later, when Sally became a huge star, Shonberg was very proud of the fact that Sally owned one of his paintings.

"Eve" - From the private collection of the Greif Family Trust - Casein on Masonite - 1963

©2015 Greif Family Trust

"Mona Lisa" - Casein on Masonite - 1957 - ©2015 Greif Family Trust

"The Girl" - From the private collection of the Greif Family Trust - 1967 ©2015 Greif Family Trust

"The Head" - From the private collection of the Greif Family Trust - 1963

"The Moons" - from the private collection of the Greif Family Trust

"Moon Prospector" - 1965

Casein on Masonite - commissioned by a private California Corp.

"The Starships of Tarot One"

In memory of Joseph Jay Dekeyser - ©2012 LaughDome Records LLC

Casein on masonite - 4' X 4'

"Waking State of Conciousness" - 1965

Casein on masonite - album cover for "Crazed Hipsters"

"The Unveiling" - 1965 - Casein on masonite

"OUTER COSMOS #22" - 1976

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casein on masonite 4' X 3'

"The Lord and Lady of the Flame" - 1961 - casein on masonite - 4' X 3'

"I am the ancient one, the LORD OF THE FLAME, I am the spirit of being, the son of space, the bearer of time, I am the first born, the primal flame, the maxim light.
I am life, in time, in thought, in space, being, I am the divine spark, the birth of love, the eternal creation, I am the will of cosmos, the cosmic idea, the light of man.
I bear the first seed, the heart of an atom, the sun of life, the eternal truth. I am the nature of things, the very essence, of essence. I transverse the the heavens,
I milk the nebulous curds, I ride the tails of comets, I fan the air to flame, I cloud the sky with moisture, I ride the currents of the wind, I kiss the earth with rain.
I lure the seeds to bloom, To bear fruit, to energize, to multiply.
I am everywhere, no time, no where, everytime. I am a numberless number, counting eternal zeros.
I am freedom, from freedom, peace at peace. I am the last before the new first. I am the soul of your soul, the silent watcher, yourself.” ~ Ray Shevin

From the private collection of Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle ©2012 Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle

From the private collection of Rick Anderson - 1961 - Casein on Masonite

1960 - (title unknown) From the private collection of Mercy Baron - ©2015 Mercy Baron - All Rights Reserved

From the private collection of Rick Anderson - 1961 - Casein on Masonite

Abstract - 3 X 5' - 1961

Casein on masonite

In memory of Joseph Jay Dekeyser - ©2012 LaughDome Records LLC

Laurel Canyon - 1968

casein on masonite

In memory of Joseph Jay Dekeyser - ©2012 LaughDome Records LLC

Abstract 2' X 4' - casein on masonite

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Abstract - 1961 - casein on masonite - 14" X 16"

From the private collection of Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle - ©2015 Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle

Tchaikofsky - Album cover for Capitol Records "Tchaikofsky's Sixth Symphony"

casein on masonite - 24" X 22"

From the private collection of Jim Winfree

Portrait of Jesus - casein on masonite - 14" X 20"

From the private collection of Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle - ©2012 Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle

Abstract watercolor on bristol board - 12" X 14"

From the private collection of Clara Jean Peterson and Sunny Liberty Berle

"TO BE IS THE ANSWER" - 1961 - Casein on Masonite

From the private collection of Stanley Dyrector - Photographed by Rian Jarvis ©2012 Stanley Dyrector

"WHO AM I?" - 1961 - Casein on Masonite

From the private collection of Stanley Dyrector - Photographed by Rian Jarvis - ©2012 Stanley Dyrector

"MYSTERIAN OF THE COSMOS" - 1973

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casein on canvas board - 14" X 18"

"FROM HERE TO THE MOON" - 1969

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pastel on paper

water color on Bristol Board - 14" X 18" - 1964 Ibiza, Spain

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The Mysterian - 1974

water color on Bristol Board

In memory of Joseph Jay Dekeyser

Photographed by Raphael Hernandez

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The following six paintings were recently discovered on the web and have been posted here for your viewing pleasure. These paintings were commissioned by Roger Corman, famed movie producer/director; to appear in his 1960 classic "The Fall of The House of Usher".

The paintings were completed quicly by artist Burt Shonberg, however, at the time these paintngs were done, Burt Shonberg, was also known as Burt Schoenberg. It is by mistake that in the ending credits, the "Artist" name was mispelled as Burt Schoenberg.

In the movie, the paintings were destroyed by fire when the "house" burnt down. The paintings were covered in a fire proof jel that prevented any damage to them, so they actually did not burn. The medium used was Casein on Canvas.

Roger Corman gave these paintings to the cast and crew when production was finished.

Roger Corman stated that Vincent Price ( a renowned art collector) took this painting home after the movie was completed.