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 Min Kyung Kwon is an artist based in Adelaide, Australia creating art of otherworldly beings that are beyond physicality and can be only seen through our mind’s eyes. Kwon’s portraits are inspired by mythology, legends, folk storybooks, science through contradicting images of eeriness and cuteness with a glimpse of sensuality & innocence in their […]Read More
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
Known alternatively as the Lowbrow movement, Pop Surrealism is an art form that originated in LA’s underground scene in the 1970s. Like other surrealist art forms, lowbrow art strives to reach deep into the unconscious mind and bring to life our innermost thoughts. Our compulsions, hidden memories, and more are displayed in unusual and absurd […]Read More
A small curated selection of gorgeous contemporary art prints from some of today’s most promising surrealistic artists. The following are just a few beautiful surreal gems from some of the many talented artists including surrealistic painting, collage, and lowbrow pop surrealism. 1. Midnight Mass by Michelle Concetta Brilliant surrealist collage artist Michelle Concetta contrasts classical […]Read More
About Deborah Stevenson Deborah Stevenson was born in Washington, DC. She grew up in Tokyo, went to high school in Baltimore, and got her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She lived for many years on the West Coast, and returned to the East Coast, where she lived in Brooklyn, NYC until 2015, […]Read More