Huntington Arts Council invited artists to submit work inspired by Lowbrow art. Lowbrow started as an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music, tiki culture, and hot-rod cultures of the street. It is also often known by the name pop surrealism. It continues its rich history with such publications as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and Carpazine. Lowbrow art often has a sense of humor – sometimes the humor is gleeful, sometimes impish, and sometimes it is a sarcastic comment.

Many of the creators of lowbrow art are influenced by acid house flyers, advertising, animated cartoons, circus and sideshow culture, graffiti and street art, kitsch, kustom kulture, mail art, pop culture, psychedelic art, retro Illustration, pulp magazine art, toys for adults, notably vinyl figurines, among many other things.

Congratulations to all of the artists accepted into this show; Stephen Bitel, Jeffrey Bohman, Fernando Carpaneda, Jon Duci, Melissa Eder, Phyllis Gildston, Jan Guarino, Rotraud Hansen, Drew Kane, Andrew “Drew” Maillard, Arlene Mcloughlin, Lucienne Mettam, John Micheals, Kasmira Mohanty, Norm Morales, Eric Murphy, Matt Myers, Eileen Palmer, Ellen Paul, Ratgrrl, Anne Rotondo, Coleen Ryan-Rivera, Bob Stuhmer, Toxic/Nature Studios, Marie Winn, Stephen Wyler.

The range of styles and materials used by the entries was vast. Several works stood out, making the pieces fit, even when they’ve been bent. I look forward to seeing the work up close. Art is always best enjoyed… and judged in person. 

Juror Benjamin Owens has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of interdisciplinary projects. He has been featured in JUXTAPOZ Magazine and received numerous awards, including some from: Mark Ryden, Robert Williams and Jonathan Levine. He is a former gilding specialist for the world famous Sotheby’s Auction house. He is also an established illustrator who has done work for ZOO YORK Skateboards, Blue Point Brewery, Mickey Hart and numerous others. He has worked as Creative Director who designed packaging for many of Americas’ favorite craft breweries. He is currently employed as a VP of Marketing creating carious advertising campaigns. Owens work can currently be seen at Muneca Art House in Patchogue. He will also have a solo exhibition there which opens April 2019.

Bright Colors Bold Strokes, Creations of Lowbrow Art. Opening Party!