POP-SURREALISM returns to la’s capital with surreal salon 12


Surreal Salon, the annual exhibition celebrating the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement returns to Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) for its 12th year in January 2020. BRG is now fielding submissions from artists of all media for consideration.


The exhibition, to be held in partnership with the LSU School of Art, will once again feature works from artists around the globe, giving audiences a unique multi-sensory experience with a style of contemporary art not often presented in this region.

Over the past eleven years, Surreal Salon has included works running the gamut in terms of media including paintings, photography, ceramics, textiles, mixed media works, and more. Artists from all corners of the United States and more than a half dozen different nations have been featured in previous exhibitions and with Surreal Salon 12, a new group of artists will join them.

The Surreal Salon Soiree

One of the most anticipated events of the year in Louisiana’s capital city! A night of art, live music, interactive experiences and so much more, The Surreal Salon Soiree is unlike any other night in the region. In 2020, the event will again have attendees channel their own pop-surrealist visions into unique costumes for this special night. 

In addition to enjoying the work of dozens of artists, attendees will enjoy live music, interactive experiences, and MUCH more. The Soiree will also see the announcement of the work selected as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon 12 by Special Guest Juror Dan Quintana.

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Stay tuned for more details on 2020’s Surreal Salon Soiree, coming to BRG on January 25, 2020!

surreal salon 12 SPECIAL GUEST juror: dan quintana

Dan Quintana

In past years, we have been honored to enlist jurors for Surreal Salon that represent some of the most influential names in pop-surrealism, including Juxtapoz co-founder Greg Escalante and artists such as Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Liz McGrath, and Josh “Shag” Agle.

This tradition continues in 2020 with artist Dan Quintana serving as Special Guest Juror for Surreal Salon 12, thanks in part to a partnership with the LSU School of Art.

Quintana’s tones, brushwork, and technique might sometimes be seen as a modern twist on the work of Hieronymus Bosch, his subject matter places his paintings in an entirely different space than his stylistic mentor’s. The Los Angeles-based artist took his early experimentation with oil painting with him when his focus shifted to street art and murals. In his twenties, Quintana took on commissions for music labels and t-shirt designs that allowed him the freedom to become a full-time artist. In the years, since, Quintana’s work has been featured in publications such as Juxtapoz, LA Weekly, and others. Whether seen on the streets or in the gallery, color and light have always played important roles in Quintana’s work, as have figures immersed in ethereal worlds that explore the relationship between life and death.

Quintana will give a free and informal talk at the LSU School of Art on Monday, January 27, 2020 in conjunction with Surreal Salon 12. His presentation will touch on his own work, his career as a professional artist, the state of pop-surrealism today, as well as the collection of works featured in Surreal Salon 12.

Pictures from 2019's Surreal Salon Soiree

All photos courtesy of Julia Rose Photo.


Wanna help make 2020’s Surreal Salon even better?


For more details on Surreal Salon 12, call us during gallery hours at 225.383.1470.