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2020-10-17 14:23:14
Outsider Art]: [Marketing]: [Signage]: [Lowbrow Art]. GREEN,
[Original Artwork: Airbrush T-Shirt Artist Signage]
[ca. 1980s]. Five airbrushed paintings on quarter-inch plywood panels, each approximately 28" x 20" or slightly larger. One signed to verso. Most likely originally in two contiguous panels, in current form when acquired. Each is weathered and often heavily worn about the edges. Overall about good. A striking suite of advertising signage from an airbrush t-shirt artist named Dick Green (signed "Dick Green" and "Birdie" on verso of one). Region of origin is unknown, though likely Rust Belt given area of acquisition. Mounted metal hinges at outer margins and warnings against tailgating lettered above the illustrations strongly suggest these most likely doubled as rear doors for a trailer. Airbrush t-shirt artists were, and continue to be, staples of Midwestern and Southern fairs, swap meets, flea markets, car and truck rallies, and the like. The panels are undated, though style suggests 1980s, possibly earlier. Subjects include: a muscle car, a hotrod, a monster truck, three incarnations of the name "Jim," and what we can only describe as a giant parrot piloting a small airplane. A scarce group of vernacular advertising from an obviously skilled practitioner of this quintessential form of lowbrow art.
Bookseller: write-field (typepunchmatrix) [Silver Spring, Maryland, United States]
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