Images featured in the 2022 edition include:
• A nasty looking blown, Hemi-powered ’34 Ford chopped coupe is attended to by a cutie cowgirl at a nice trio of classic Frontier Gas pumps.
• This classic chopped ’39 Merc is typical of the early style “Kustom” first made famous by the Barris Brothers in the 1950’s. Note the Appleton spots and lakes pipes, which were pretty much de rigueur accessories during that period!
• This fine chopped, flamed, and blown ’36 Ford coupe does indeed look “Nasty”!
• Don’t even think about trying to outrun this CHP ’64 Dodge blown gasser cruiser! And say …doesn’t that officer look familiar from somewhere? (One clue: Mayberry)
• Nice flame job on this cool ’49 Merc “Lead Sled” by Dyna Flo’s Kustoms …and hey, Dyna ain’t too shabby either!
• A wild blown, Hemi-powered ’33 Willys pulls in for a fill-up (which must be frequent with that mill!), and that cutie cowgirl attendant seams more than happy to serve!
• Here’s a wild ’55 Chevy straight-axle, blown gasser… “No jive fifty-five,” indeed!
• Ya gotta love the flame job on this cool ’40 Willys blown gasser!
• Here’s a bitchen’ chopped ’50 Chevy “Lead Sled” with all the trimmings: ribbed lakes pipes, Appleton spots, bubble skirts, sunken antennas, “Frenched” license plate, ’58 Chevy roof scoop, ’57 Packard tail lights …all topped off with a gold metal flake paint job and scallops!
• A nifty ’30 Ford Rat Rod powered by a Hemi with 62s, and a sassy-looking lass who seems to like beer… “Joy Ride” indeed, let’s go!
• A slick ’51 Henry J blown A/Gasser wheelstands right out of the picture …Oh, Henry!
• A nice ‘32 Ford chopped three-window coupe seems to be out of gas in the middle of nowhere. But hey, the tank may be empty …but the bottle ain’t. And it looks like that “pistol-packing” babe is happy to drink to that, buzzard be damned!
(Note: that ’32 is this artist’s current ride).
About the Artist
Artist Larry Grossman’s professional art career began when he bought an airbrush at age fifteen. He soon began painting and selling wild T-shirts at hot rod shows and events such as “The Teen-Age Fair” in Hollywood, often working for the legendary “King of the Car Kustomizers”, George Barris.
In 1967 Larry moved to Berkeley, where he graduated (majoring in film and photography) from CCAC Art School. An animation short film he single-handedly created as a senior won Grand Prize in several film festivals, and he later returned to CCAC to teach animation. In 1981 the Disney Studios enticed Larry back to L.A. to work as a designer on the studio’s landmark first-computerized film “TRON.” After that, Larry created airbrushed art on a free-lance basis for Disney, Warner Bros., and Dreamworks Studios, and also illustrated album covers for legendary musician Frank Zappa, among others.
In the mid 90’s Larry retired his trusty airbrush after becoming enthralled with the creative potential of the computer while working on the 1982 film “Tron.” Larry soon developed his current unique artistic process, which combines digital airbrushing with his own photography. The resulting images are distinctive, unique and striking, and often reflect Larry’s love for the styles of the 1930-50’s (Art Deco in particular). In addition, he owns a 1932 Ford hot rod and a 1961 Nash Metropolitan Convertible (he does all of his own work), and also collects and wears vintage clothes from those periods as well.
The art Larry creates through his current business, Retrovisions, is currently exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Museum of Neon Art, the National Hot Rod Museum, the Gene Autry Western Museum, and many airplane museum gift shops. In addition to self-publishing more than seventy-five posters, Larry has also created art for companies such as In-N-Out Burger and Bob’s Big Boy. He also accepts commissions from customers who want custom-tailored art featuring themselves, their airplanes, cars, or whatever.