Larry Grossman’s professional art career began at age 15 when he purchased his first airbrush and began painting wild designs on T-shirts at car shows, occasionally working for the famous “King of the Kustomizers” George Barris. This early income enabled him to buy his first car, a Chevy powered '29 Ford hot rod. Moving from L.A. to Berkeley in the psychedelic 60’s, he studied film and photography, graduating from the California College of the Arts. “Rude Vagabond”, an animated film he single handedly created won the Grand Prize at the joint CCAC/San Francisco Art Institute Film Festival. He also wrote, directed and produced the feature film “The Big Sleeze”. Both films have toured extensively on the national “Midnight Movie” circuit.

In 1981 the Disney Studios enticed Larry back to L.A. to work as a designer on their landmark first computerized film, “TRON”. Freelancing in the 80’s and 90’s he created many logos, illustrations, and merchandise designs for major studios including Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. He also illustrated three album covers for legendary musician Frank Zappa, and one for Hank Williams Jr.. Through his firm "Art Attack" Larry also designed and sold innovative giftware, furniture, and other interior decor.

In the early '90’s Larry became enthralled with the creative potential of the computer, and as a result put his airbrush and paints aside. His current digital work combines his love of architecture, design, and photography with his passion for the styles of the 1920’s-50’s (he drives a '32 Ford hot rod and a self-restored '61 Nash Metro convertible, and collects vintage clothes). Over the years he has amassed an extensive catalog of his own photos, which he is now using (exclusively) to create his art in an entirely new and imaginative way. Combining these photos with state of the art digital painting techniques, he has created a look and style which is uniquely his own.

Larry’s artwork is distributed through his company “RetroVisions” and is becoming quite collectable. It is currently exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Museum in Pomona California, and the famed Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. His images are also being published as calendars, puzzles, mouse pads, and much more.



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