Von Dutch 1977 “Bird-Bat” Sculpture
Kenneth Robert Howard (1929-1992) was known in art and automobile circles as “Von Dutch”. He was a master sign painter by the age of ten, and went on to be a premiere pinstriper for custom cars of the 1950's and 1960's. He created many of the custom paint finishes for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. This “Bird – Bat” was created for a House of Horrors in Buena Park in 1977. Von Dutch also carved scrimshaw knife handles, which have brought over $5000 each at auction. Von Dutch's name lives on, licensed by the very successful clothing chain. The Bird Bat is made of hard formed and carved sculpting foam, mounted onto two pieces of wood, and signed on the back side.
Dimensions: 106″ W X 34″ D X 66″ H