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Gonzo by Ralph Steadman
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Aug 23, 07

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Ralph Steadman is most well known for illustrating various writings by Hunter S. Thompson. This large volume is a generous survey of his unique artwork from the 60s to the 90s. Steadman's trademark is in creating work that forces you to look at it by way of shock, whether that be by sketching obscenely unglamorous ink caricatures of his subjects or by creating grotesque humanoid figure collages using textbook anatomical studies of bones and muscles coupled with garishly splattered red paint. This is particularly effective when Steadman creates cynical studies of politicians and piggish aristocrats. Overall, the book gives a broad and thorough overview of Steadman's body of work and unique style.
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