Surreal Salon brings POP-SURREALISM to la’s capital city

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Surreal Salon, the annual exhibition celebrating the growing quality, popularity, and diversity of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement, returned to Baton Rouge Gallery for its eleventh year in January 2019. The exhibition, held January 3 - 31, 2019, in partnership with the LSU School of Art, once again featured works from artists around the world, giving audiences a unique multi-sensory experience with one-of-a-kind contemporary art typically 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 five different nations have been featured in previous exhibitions and with Surreal Salon 11, a new group of artists joined 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 2019, the event again saw attendees channel their own pop-surrealist visions into unique costumes for this special night. 

Peelander Z

In addition to enjoying the work of more than 45 artists, attendees had the unique opportunity to enjoy a jaw-dropping live performance from Japanese action comic punk band Peelander Z, incredible puppets from Clay Achee, and much, MUCH more.

During the Soiree, James Flynn’s “Epiphany” was named as Best in Show for the exhibition by Surreal Salon Juror Camille Rose Garcia.

Stay tuned for details on Surreal Salon 12, coming in 2020 to Baton Rouge Gallery!

surreal salon 11 SPECIAL GUEST juror: Camille Rose Garcia

Camille Rose Garcia

Camille Rose Garcia

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

This tradition continues in 2019 with none other than Camille Rose Garcia serving as Special Guest Juror for Surreal Salon 11, thanks in part to a partnership with the LSU School of Art.

Garcia, the child of a Mexican activist filmmaker father and a muralist/painter mother, has become one of the pop-surrealist movement’s most well-known painters. Her layered, broken narratives of wasteland fairy tales act as commentaries that blend pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and in publications such as Juxtapoz and Rolling Stone.

“There are few artists with the influence over the past 25 years of pop-surrealism and lowbrow art cultures quite like Camille Rose Garcia,” explained Juxtapoz in February 2018. “To call her royalty is almost an understatement: she is not only one of the most famed female painters of her generation, but she practically invented a style of folkloric, narrative-based, cartoon-goth painting that we see so much today around the world.”

Garcia gave a free and informal talk at the LSU School of Art on Monday, January 28, 2019 in conjunction with Surreal Salon 11. Her presentation touched on her own work, her 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 11.

Pictures from 2018's Surreal Salon Soiree

All photos courtesy of Julia Rose Photo.


For more details on Surreal Salon 11, call us during gallery hours at 225.383.1470.