Tony Natsoulas
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Big Daddy Roth Sculpture

"Big Daddy"
Ceramic Sculpture
48" x 27" x 20"

This is a portrait of Big Daddy Roth.

Roth is best known for his grotesque caricatures — typified by Rat Fink — depicting imaginative, out-sized monstrosities driving representations of the hot rods that he and his contemporaries built. Although Detroit native Stanley Mouse (Miller) is credited with creating the so-called "Monster Hot Rod" art form, Roth is certainly the individual who popularized it. Roth is less well known for his innovative work in turning hot rodding from crude backyard engineering, where performance was the bottom line, into a refined art form where aesthetics were equally important, breaking new ground with fiberglass bodywork.

Permanent Collection Crocker Art Museum

Photo by Izzy Schwartz.