Hot Rod Artist Larry Grossman brings hot rodding and custom cars to life with his unique and highly detailed pictures in the Retrovisions Hot Rods & Kustoms 2021 Calendar. Each page of this generously sized wall calendar features Larry's incredibly vivid artistry reflecting American nostalgia at its best.
Of course once the year is over, it would make incredible wall art for any man cave or workshop!
254mm tall x 336mm wide.
ABOUT THE ARTIST...
Artist Larry Grossman has always loved cars. Growing up in Los Angeles, his dad started taking him to car shows when he was a kid. Around the same time he saw the popular TV show "77 Sunset Strip" and loved the wild "Kookie T" hot rod ...he was instantly hooked! He built models of rods and customs, and won many trophies. His first car, at age sixteen, was a red, 1929 Model 'A' Sedan with a Corvette motor with tri-power", and a tuck 'n roll interior. drag races and rod & custom shows were, and still are, a favourite past time.
Larry's professional art career began when he bought an airbrush at age fifteen. He soon began painting and selling wild T-shirts at numerous hot rod shows and events such as "The Teen-Age Fair" in Hollywood, often working for someone who's custom built cars he greatly admired, the legendary "King of the Kustomizers", George Barris.
In 1967 Larry moved to Berkeley, where he graduated (majoring in film and photography) from CCAC Art School. Rude Vagabond, an animated short film he created as a senior, won Grand Prize at film festivals, and then played the Midnight Movie circuit. He was invited back to his Alma Mater, CCAC, to teach animation. In 1981 Disney Studios recruited him back to L.A. to work as a designer on their landmark film "TRON". He then freelanced for Disney, Warner Bros., and Dreamworks Studios, creating airbrushed art for posters and merchandise. He also illustrated three album covers for legendary musician Frank Zappa, among others.
By the mid 1990's Larry had become enthralled with the creative potential of the computer after working on TRON. He soon developed his unique artistic process, which combines his now digital airbrushing with his photography. The resulting images are distinct, striking, and often reflect his love for the vintage styles of the past, especially Art Deco. Larry drives two trophy winning cars: a 1932 Ford coupe and a 1961 Nash Metropolitan, which he restored entirely himself. In 2018 Larry's Metro was featured on an episode of the popular TV show, Jay Leno's Garage. Larry and Jay drove around town discussing the car and Larry's art career. Also, Larry created a custom picture for Jay that he presented to him on the show.
Retrovisions is Larry's company, through which he creates and distributes his ad. In addition to publishing more than seventy-five posters, he has also created art for companies including IN-N-OUT Burger, Pep Boys and Bob's Big Boy. His art has also been licensed for dozens of products, ranging from metal signs, T-shirts, clocks, puzzles, fabric, wallpaper, and calendars such as this. In addition, his work is exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Museum of Neon Art, The National Hot Rod Museum, The Fashion Institute Museum (FIDM), and The Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.
You can see and buy all of Larry's Art on his cool website: www.retrovisions.com.