Oversprayed LA

Remember when airbrush art was THE visual language of Southern California? A true homegrown art form that started in the garages of hod rod hot heads and defined the look of the slick '70s. One could argue that graffiti art would never have made purchase upon our sensibilities without airbrush aesthetics paving the way.

Picturebox Books has just published, Overspray: Riding High With the Kings of California Airbrush Art, Norman Hathaway's lavish art book about the golden age of L.A. airbrush artists in the 70s. Hathaway has started an amusing and informative blog, supplementing the book.

In celebration, Family Books on Fairfax will host a book launch on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 7 PM. Hathaway will be there along with airbrush giants Charles E. White, Dave Willardson. As an extra treat, the legendary LA art director, Mike Salisbury, will also be at the event.

A large exhibition of vintage airbrush posters, including Charlie White's extremely rare Star Wars poster, will be on display at the event.

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