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.

Richard Fishman: BREAK, BLOW, BURN

By Admin / September 8, 2021 / 0 Comments

ABOUT THE ARTIST Drawing from sources across the natural world, and driven by relentless curiosity, Richard Fishman’s sculpture practice spans more than fifty years. Fishman’s creations are both engaging and beautiful. They draw you in with their allusions to the familiar in nature and beguile using opposing tensions within each piece. The complexity of the […]

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Allen Linder

By Admin / August 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Artist Statement Whether creating sculptures or paintings, it is a desire to fall deeper and deeper into my imagination that compels me. A desire to be surprised to discover what I am actually dwelling upon in the often obscured parts of my being. I like to strip away at what arises in my vision until […]

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“Pairing Similarities” by D.W. Martin at The Erie Art Museum

By Admin / September 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

  D.W. Martin’s surrealist sculptures offer a different, enchanting view of the world at Erie Art Museum’s Holstein Gallery. One of the advantages of visual art is its ability to capture that which is difficult to express in words. Such is the concept of objective chance, a key element of surrealism. Writer Andre Breton is […]

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John Edmark – Blooms

By Admin / July 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

Much of John Edmark’s work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, he strives to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space. While art is often a vehicle for fantasy, his work is an invitation to plunge deeper into our own world and discover […]

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Michael Joy

By Admin / August 30, 2014 / 0 Comments

Michael Joy is a surrealistic artist working out of Chicago. In three dimensional media he works with molding and casting, often bringing together contradictory and complementary objects. He also works with photoshop and digital collage. We’ve featured the sculpture below, but more work is visible at with prints available for sale. ST: You’ve spoken […]

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