"Big Daddy" Ed Roth

Every year Austin is host to the South By South West Music and Art Festival (SXSW). This year one of the features of the Festival is a Dual Media look into the life and art of the late "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, famous early days car painter and creator of fiberglass custom cars.....

 

 

A look into the life and art of the late
"Big Daddy" Ed Roth
South By South West Music and Art Festival (SXSW).
Austin, Texas
Pictures by Richard “Too Low” Haas

Every year Austin is host to the South By South West Music and Art Festival (SXSW). This year one of the features of the Festival is a Dual Media look into the life and art of the late "Big Daddy" Ed Roth, famous early days car painter and creator of fiberglass custom cars. The art gallery next door to Austin's famous Continental Club hosted an exhibit that consisted of numerous Ed Roth original works (mostly pen & ink drawings) and a very unique display where various automotive artists (pin stripers, painters, illustrators, etc) were all given a 16" tall mannequin of Big Daddy's most famous creation, The Rat Fink, and told to do whatever they wanted to bring out the very essence of Ed Roth. The results are totally incredible! On hand at the exhibit were Ilene Roth, Ed's wife and Ron Mann, who directed a film biography of Ed that opened in Austin. The film, a multimedia laughfest, not only gives the viewer a look into the very fertile mind and imagination of Ed Roth, but is also a window into the '50's and '60's that brings back memories of those times much like "American Graffitti" did. If it comes to your area, don't miss it.  - Richard "Too Low" Haas

A crowded Gallery on Opening Night

 

Art Gallery Postcard

A crowded Gallery on Opening Night

 

Art Gallery Postcard

Beneath the skin of a Rat Fink

 

Big Daddy Ed Roth

Beneath the skin of a Rat Fink

 

Big Daddy Ed Roth

Original Big Daddy Ed Roth artwork

 

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Original Big Daddy Ed Roth artwork

 

Rat Fink and the Beatnik Bandit

Some of the Rat Finks on Display    

Some of the Rat Finks on Display

   

 

 

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