Christian Rex van Minnen’s (United States) classically painted psychedelic portraits, complete with tattooed tumours and meaty foliage, inhabit a thrilling place between the beautiful and the grotesque.
Chen Wenling (China) was a playful child whose parents were so poor, he had to make his own toys. In a sense his sculptures are grown-up versions of his early creations. Many of his latest works involve pigs, which he finds a perfect metaphor for contemporary people.
Mark Ryden (United States) is arguably the most influential artist in the Lowbrow (Pop Surrealist) art movement. He blurs the boundaries between high and low art by exploring pop culture themes with Old Master techniques.
Kris Lewis’s (United States) reverence for the Old Masters is apparent in his realistic figurative paintings. He uses his work as a vehicle for hidden stories, delicate emotions and a search for truth.
David M. Bowers (United States) studied the Masters for many years as he developed his techniques, which include alla prima and multiple layers of paint. His timeless paintings incorporate modern themes and current symbolism.
Vania Zouravliov (Russia) mixes beauty, brutality, innocence and decadence in his elaborate illustrations. His influences include The Bible, Divine Comedy, Dante‚ North American Indians and early Disney animation.
Ernst Fuchs (Austria) co-founded the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. He revived the Mischtechnik (mixed technique) by using egg tempera, oils and resin to achieve a layered jewel-like effect in his paintings.
Robert Williams (United States) is a celebrated painter and underground comic artist. He founded Juxtapoz Magazine and popularised the term “Lowbrow” in 1979 with the release of his ground breaking book “The Lowbrow Art of Robt Williams.”
Kevin Kirkpatrick (United States) works on blockbuster films as a special makeup effects artist. He has also created a number of personal artworks, including life-like prosthetic models of Beavis and Butt-Head.