Lowbrow Art Movement & the work of Xue Wang!

Coco de Mer

‘Coco de Mer’ by Xue Wang – Original Oil on Board Xue Wang, born in 1980, the year of the mischievous monkey Wang grew up in Northern China before coming to the UK to do an MA and finally setting up her studio in London.  Xue Wang gets much of her inspiration from childhood paraphernalia: Dolls, toys, stage sets and compliments them with the cultural heritage of Victorian, Vintage Fashion and pin-up imagery. Her overall artistic style and finished pieces visually represent the Lowbrow Movement to a tee. So what is “Lowbrow”? What does it aim to achieve and how did it come about? Hopefully we can answer some of these questions for you.

So how did low brow come about? The term “lowbrow” art came about in 1979 when after many attempts the artist Robert Williams finally received news that a publisher was willing to produce a book containing his works. Williams gave the book the self-deprecating name of ‘The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams’ since no authorized art institution would recognize his type of art. Lowbrow was therefore used by Williams in opposition to the highbrow, established movements. He said the name then stuck, even though he feels it is inappropriate. It is now used across the globe by hundreds of artists and has become a movement in its own right.

What is Low Brow? Williams Describes the movement as “cartoon-tainted abstract surrealism.” Lately, Williams has begun referring to his own work as “Conceptual Realism.  In the UK this work along with Lowbrow has probably best described by many as Pop Surrealism, this harks back to the underground scene that helped create the movement involving Williams and Mark Ryden  both based on the US West Coast. Lowbrow takes inspiration from comic material, film iconography, pop culture and cult magazines to create ‘tongue in cheek’ paintings that poke fun at mainstream art culture. Lowbrow work tends to have a dark underbelly that can sometimes be shocking and provocative, but each piece always has a comical and narrative side. Much like Xue Wang’s ‘Just Desserts’ and ‘A Better’ pictured below.

Just Deserts

‘Just Desserts’ by Xue Wang – Original oil on board, framed £4,950 Payment options are available. Please call the gallery to discuss further – 01159243555

 A Better

‘Abettor’ by Xue Wang – Original oil on board, framed £4,950 Payment options are available. Please call the gallery to discuss further – 01159243555 The Nottingham gallery ‘George Thornton Art’ has a number of original works by Xue Wang. Do contact us for details. {george@georgethorntonart.com}

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