Lowbrow art, or pop surrealism, is a visual art movement that arose in Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. Its cultural roots are inspired by underground comics, punk music, tiki culture, and hot-rod cultures of the street. The terms lowbrow and pop surrealism are used interchangeably. Lowbrow is often humorous, sarcastic, or ironic.
Most lowbrow artworks are paintings, but there are also toys, digital art, sculpture, and collage.
Find contemporary pop-surrealist and lowbrow artists working today.
Biography Nikolina Petolas is a Croatian based photographer and digital artist. Petolas is fascinated by industrial and fantasy environments, and these form the backdrop of the mysterious worlds in her work. She creates her images using photography and digital techniques. With over 10 years experience in photography with experience in portrait, still lifes, landscapes, and […]Read More
Holy strange eye-candy Batman, what is that? NFW! WTF? It’s Zeitguised again, making magic. Pure, magical, computer generated abstract art. Delicious candy for your eyes. (We originally covered Zeitguised here in 2013.) And wow. It doesn’t get weirder than this. Watch Zeitguised’s mind-altering videos with sound on. It multiplies the effect. Geist.xyz Animated Gif Stills: AN […]Read More
Editors note: Don Bergland is an artist creating surreal work using computer graphics as his paintbrush. The “uncanny valley” effect is in full view in Bergland’s work, making the work even more surreal. The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of aesthetics which holds that when features look and move almost, but not […]Read More
Marcel Lisboa is a Sao Paulo (Brazilian) based digital artist. He creates psychedelic digital collages sourced from what seem to be Victorian paintings and illustration. But by juxtaposing numerous images in each work, and altering the color pallets he creates something completely new. Gorgeous, strange, surreal art that feels more painterly than digital. You can find […]Read More
Christian Schloe creates hauntingly surreal art. Schloe’s digital art feels the tiniest bit in dialogue with the victorian surrealism of Jeffrey Harp, but these digital surrealist artists are also wildly different. Schloe’s work is brighter, more colorful, and less emotionally dark. Yet it still plays with the notions of nostalgia and uses motifs of victorian paintings and […]Read More