Lowbrow Art

Lowbrow Art


Lowbrow art is an underground visual art movement that was started in Los Angeles, CA in the late 70s. Gary Panter and Robert Williams are two underground artists who are considered the pioneers of this movement. This visual art style is also known as Pop Surrealism, which is a combination of various populist or underground art form, including street art culture, comic, punk rock music, tattoos, as well as other local subcultures. Lowbrow visual art comes in various forms, including sculpture, digital art and toys, but what’s being considered as the most significant contribution of this visual art style is in paintings.

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Work by Gary Panter

Initially there were only a handful of lesser-known galleries in New York and Los Angeles willing to organize shows for this ‘new’ visual art style, but then a lot of well-known artists started to adopt this style making it more and more popular. Since then, the number of galleries showing the Lowbrow art kept on growing and finally it entered popular galleries in many big cities all across the United States.

The Lowbrow movement was really a visual art revolution in America, it has opened up an opportunity for underground artists to shine and to be acknowledged by the public, something that formerly could only be accomplished by cultural aristocrats. This visual art style also denied the distinction between fine art and commercial art. In fact, Lowbrow is actually can be considered identical to folk art, in which the artists have actual training, skill and talent.

The most special thing about Lowbrow is probably its ability to pick up local art flavors wherever it exists and translate them into various captivating visual art forms. Furthermore, Lowbrow also displays a wide range of expressions in uniquely interesting ways, from incredibly humorous and cheerful to the extremely dreadful ones.

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Work by Todd Schorr

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Work by Todd Schorr

Work by Mark Ryden

Work by Mark Ryden

Work by Mark Ryden

Rat Fink! Work by my favorite artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth

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 Work by Robert Williams

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