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Hunter S. Thompson, in his drunken, rambling introduction to this volume of paintings and illustrations, calls Ralph Steadman "the Albert Gore of twentieth century art." It's hard to imagine a less apt appellation: Steadman's drawings and paintings are the wild antithesis of the notoriously stiff V.P. His pop art is also the opposite of Warhol's clean lines and soulless imagery; it screams with pain and nightmare power. While Steadman is best known for his illustrations to Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works, here his art is given free rein, and works with titles like "Earliest man, full of the sense of his own worth, screaming into the blackness, needing no god but himself..." and "Good time crucifix" combine Steadman's trademark splattered ink and unfolded figures with collage and sloppy airbrush. Although the text may offend those with no sense of irony (Thompson compares Steadman to artist manqué Adolf Hitler; Steadman relates the story of his first bowel movement), the hyperactive visuals are sure to delight even those who've never snorted ether while tripping on pure human adrenochrome. --James DiGiovanna
From the illustrator who collaborated with Hunter S. Thompson to redefine journalism: a comprehensive compendium.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This book is a fine overview of Steadman's unique art. It covers his time as a cartoon artist through the "gonzo" years. The art speaks for itself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rick from Boston
Steadman's work is wonderful and the Gonzo: The Art captures the chaos that was Dr Gonzo. Depressing in a way to know that Hunter is no longer with us but what a life he led!Published 7 months ago by Hertzel Grotch