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.
Olga Koudi is an artist working with digital paintings. She lives and creates in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In her artworks, she talks about the body and nudity, introversion, and the Comfort Zone (both in society and in our own homes or minds). Despite the seriousness of these topics, there is always a drop of irony. […]Read More
Certain These Clouds Go Somewhere is an unfinished series navigating the unchartered waters and skies of spirituality. Simply put, it’s a deep dive exploration into the artist’s psyche, pondering existential questions we all come to face. Why are we here? What is our purpose? What exists on the other side? Marisa lost herself in countless […]Read More
Michelle Concetta is a creator from the US currently based in Saudi Arabia. Prone to escapism from an early age, she finds comfort in the one thing that grounds her to the Real—creating art and shaping her world to fulfill her aesthetic yearnings. Self-taught, her talents cover a broad spectrum, but of late contemporary collage […]Read More
John Rego is an illustrator and painter living in Jersey City, NJ. His work is inspired by the absurdities of the human and natural world, reportage illustration pop-surrealism and 19th Century scientific illustration. Rego has experience in editorial, fine art painting, package design, and narrative illustration. Hunting Tapestries A small series of two paintings depicting […]Read More
Franc Kaiser is a self-taught Swiss painter residing in Shanghai, China. Franc paints with acrylics on cardboard substrates. Each painting starts with an idea and sketch, and the composition is then penciled on a cardboard. The paintings progress in several stages, from a build-up of basic values with acrylic paint to detailed layers, which can […]Read More