The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: hot rod culture

Legendary Kustomizer George Barris was a true original who lived life on his terms. Several folks will remember his one of a kind creations like the infamous Batmobile of the 1960s television series Batman, Munster Coffin Cars and Drag-Ula, not to mention scores of insane four wheels, and hovering vehicles-turned-hot rods into motoring artful master pieces. Grease monkey fabricators like Barris, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch inspired several generations of Lowbrow artists like Coop, Robert Williams, the Pizz and more. Plus, they made watching those stupid-fun television shows of our youth more outrageous than ever. "Rev In Peace", George Barris.
Throughout his career, self taught Yorkshire based painter Tony South has portrayed English daily life with a unique sense of humor. His portraits of animal subjects with a heavy metal streak are depicted in common day scenes like drinking tea and reading the morning newspaper. South's painting style has been described as "Rockwellian", referring to illustrator Norman Rockwell who painted detailed idyllic scenes of American life. South paints from life with similar realism, building a playful and surreal narrative from his social observations.

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