Surreal Salon, the annual exhibition celebrating the growing quality, popularity, and diversity of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement, returned to Baton Rouge Gallery in January 2018. The exhibition, held January 3 - 31, 2018, featured more than 60 works, each hand-selected by our Special Guest Juror, Ron English. The result of more than 600 submissions fielded by the gallery from across the globe, this collection of works included artists from five different countries and 19 U.S. states, giving audiences a unique multi-sensory experience with one-of-a-kind contemporary art.

The exhibition included works the ran the gamut in terms of media, including paintings, photography, ceramics, textiles, mixed media works, and more. The work selected by Surreal Salon 10’s Special Guest Juror as “Best in Show,” by artist Heidi Taillefer (Montreal, Quebec), was recognized in an editorial on The work selected was announced during the Surreal Salon Soiree on January 27, 2018.

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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, Josh “Shag” Agle, Liz McGrath, and most recently, Greg “Craola” Simkins.

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This tradition continued in 2018 with none other than Ron English serving as Special Guest Juror for Surreal Salon 10, thanks to a partnership with the LSU School of Art.

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, designer and street artist Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books, television, and music. English coined the term ‘Popaganda’ to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, creating a visual language that turns advertising into “subvertizing” and parody into illumination.

English gave a free and informal talk at the LSU School of Art on Monday, January 29 in conjunction with Surreal Salon 10. His presentation touched on his own work, his more than three decades as a professional artist, the state of pop-surrealism today, as well as the collection of works featured in Surreal Salon 10.

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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. The event again saw attendees channel their own pop-surrealist visions into unique costumes for this special night. 

Originally scheduled for January 27, the Soiree was recheduled for the following night due to sever weather. Due to this rescheduling, the Soiree's previously announced entertainment (Peelander-Z and DJ Musa) was unable to be a part of the event. Instead, guests enjoyed the sounds of the fun and bluesy outfit known as "the thinking man's drinking band," The Rakers, and Surreal Salon veteran Matsy. Our thanks to our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company for providing the evening's drinks.


Pictures from 2018's Surreal Salon Soiree

All photos courtesy of Julia Rose Photo.


For more details on Surreal Salon 10, call us during gallery hours at 225.383.1470.