This is Surreal – September 2022

Exhibition: September 3-22, 2022

Surrealism was a cultural movement which developed in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and was largely influenced by Dada. The movement is best known for its visual artworks and the juxtaposition of distant realities to activate the unconscious mind through the imagery. Surrealism defies logic, using dream imagery to liberate the psyche and tap hidden reservoirs of creativity. With the spirit of spontaneity and random effects, dream-like scenes and symbolic images one creates artistic expression.

Sample Works

About the Judge

Robert Thompson is a painter living in Elk Grove California with his wife and three kids. After retiring from the US Navy in 2013 he took some art classes from Cosumnes River College and transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he completed his BA in Fine Art Drawing/Painting in 2018. He is a current member of the Elk Grove Fine Art Center and his work has been shown in The Cannery Galleries in San Francisco, Archival Gallery in Sacramento, and the Elk Grove Fine Art Center.  His current work is heavily influenced by his dreams and subconscious often beginning as random abstract designs and wispy forms which he then organizes into more coherent images as the painting presents itself to his conscious mind.