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Overspray – Airbrush art that defined the druggy seventies

Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art
by Norman Hathaway
PictureBox
2008, 226 pages, 10 x 1 x 9.5 inches
$6 Buy a copy on Amazon

If you’re familiar with LP album sleeves and National Lampoon covers of the 1970s, Overspray will be your time machine to that era. If you are not familiar with them, you will be overwhelmed by these glistening, transrealistic, drugged-out, sexualized images, which incorporate elements from 1900s Art Nouveau, 1920s Art Deco, 1940s cheesecake, and 1960s psychedelia.

Overspray focuses on the top four airbrush artists of the time — Charles E. White III, Peter Palombi, Dave Willardson, and Peter Lloyd, and includes interviews and many examples of their painstakingly-produced work. No artist today can do what these guys did with stencils, liquid paint, and an air compressor.

The book jacket has two covers on one side, and two on the other. You have your choice of which cover to use on the front. – Mark Frauenfelder

January 20, 2015