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.
Artist Statement I’ve been creating art most of my life. I started painting seriously about ten years ago, showing my pieces at various local shows in the Allston, MA, area where I was living at the time. Six years ago, I made the decision to get serious and go back to school, graduating in 2015 […]Read More
Here is a short list of five surrealist things I am thinking about this week. 1. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry Through renowned father of the midnight movies Alejandro Jodorowsky’s intensely personal lens, Endless Poetry tells the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940’s. Against the wishes of his […]Read More
Sergio Gervacio creates photographs that range from the ominous and unexpected to the whimsical. Strange masked men stand in the darkness, yet wearing a unicorn mask. A selfie taker’s arm clutching the phone is emerging from his open mouth. A figure sits in a tub of milky liquid blowing bubbles, wearing a mask. A strange mermaid doll also happens to be in that tub. What does it all […]Read More
Is your Instagram knee-deep in narcissistic selfies? Acquaintances you don’t dare unfollow? (It would be impolitic.) Motivational quotes by your in-laws? (Yeah, he just discovered multi-level marketing & thinks he’s an entrepreneur.) We need to talk: you need to follow some artists. And before you think, “Ugh, I do, and it’s unbearable.” No, those are Artistes. […]Read More
Eugenia Loli creates surrealist collages from vintage magazines. Her work blends nostalgia with psychedelia in a retro-futurist space-age epoxy that rivals the Dadaist collage masters. Discover more work by Eugenia Loli Collage artist Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop […]Read More