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.
Alice in Lockdown is a self-directed illustration project by Marta Zubieta that explores the confusion and self-transformation journey we have gone through since the beginning of the lockdown in the UK. Bringing vibrant color to quite bleak subjects, Zubieta explores the millennial culture and its issues through pink-tinted glasses, neon colors, and dreamy characters. Zubieta […]Read More
Editor’s Note: Vincent Fink’s limited edition prints are now available for purchase in the Surrealism Today online store. This is part 2 in a 3 part series. We have previously covered Vincent Fink’s Iterations project. Atlas Metamorphosis Vincent Fink’s work is surrealism in it’s purest form. His dark images with warped perspectives invite the viewer […]Read More
Artist Statement I like to illustrate uncomfortable, weird, and complex personified feelings. I try to make my viewer uncomfortable and introspective, yet interested. The goal is to put onto paper in illustration what I cannot in words, and reach out to others who may empathize. Also, color is rad and I like to go overboard […]Read More
Biography Anis Tabaraee (Tehran, 1989) graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2013 and an MA in illustration in 2018 from Tehran University of Art. Her art has been exhibited internationally. Artist Statement I am passionate about representing and expressing the world around me. I manipulate and exaggerate the details in the forms of […]Read More
Joshua Osburg is a contemporary artist living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. His primary mediums are oil paintings and graphite drawings. His work is inspired by his experience as an Iraq War Veteran and life before and after war. His art reflects the subconscious interests and endurances of those who have suffered trauma and […]Read More