A softcover reprint edition of the classic book of Robert Williams paintings, drawings and comics. This edition is enhanced with newer, more vibrant and accurate color images.
This book is the first to featuring the amazing artwork of Robert Williams, containing an overview of Williams's early work until 1979. T-shirt designs, comics, posters, and all paintings are accompanied by a text commenting on them and introducing Mr. Williams to the public.
In the late 20th and 21st century diverse forms of commonplace and popular art appeared to be coalescing into a formidable faction of new painted realism. The phenomenon owed its genesis to a number of factors. The new school of imagery was a product of art that didn't fit comfortably into the accepted definition of fine art. It embraced some of the figurative graphics that formal art academia tended to reject: comic books, movie posters, trading cards, surfer art, hot rod illustration, to mention a few.
This alternative art movement found its most congealing participant in one of America's most opprobrious and maligned underground artists, the painter, Robert Williams. It was this artist who brought the term “lowbrow” into the fine arts lexicon, with his groundbreaking 1979 book, The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams.
It was from this point that the seminal elements of West Coast Outlaw culture slowly started to aggregate. Williams pursued a career as a fine arts painter years before joining the art studio of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the mid-1960's. And in this position as the famous custom car builder's art director, he moved into the rebellious, anti-war circles of early underground comix.
Color and black and white artwork.
8.5 x 11"
Published by Last Gasp