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.
Add “Sorry To Bother You” to the mix and there appears to be an Afro-Surrealism resurgence in Black cinema. Surrealism is the 20-century avant-garde artistic and literary movement that sought to stir the creative potential of the unconscious mind position seemingly irrational imagery adjacent to one another. Artist Salvador Dali is among the most respect […]Read More
Exploring Surrealism with Peter Capaldi | Unlock Art Need some help getting to grips with Surrealism? The Doctor will see you now. Peter Capaldi, a former art student, and the latest actor to play Doctor Who settles down on Freud’s couch to deliver his wry take on the Surrealist movement. The Case for Surrealism | […]Read More
Artist Statement: Real Life Surrealism My surreal paintings are taken from scenes in everyday life that have a quality that is strange or otherworldly. For a number of first wave surrealist painters emptiness was a significant feature in the art. De Chirico and Dali both drew heavily from scenes expressing existential void. My work focuses […]Read More
About Charles Wilkin My work is a loose collection of thoughts and observations in many ways and less about one specific theme. I see it as being a reflection of the world we live in, with all its ugliness and cruelty. But from that, I strive to extract the beauty and empathy hidden underneath and […]Read More
About Beth Hoeckel Beth Hoeckel is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator from Baltimore. She earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, photography, and printmaking— but her main area of expertise is in the medium of collage. Beth began her first widely-known series of collages in 2010, […]Read More