The Award

The EUROPEAN AWARD FOR POP SURREALISM AND URBAN ART AWARD is for artists of this genre. To participate in the AWARD you have to register in the FORUM as an artist and be a part of this genre.

For further information you can download our press kit:
1. PDF file
2. Helicopter art catalog

What is Urban Art?

Urban art is a style of art that relates to cities and city life which is often done by artists who live in or have a passion for city life. The term urban means „from the city“. Sometimes Urban art is called „street art“.

What is Pop Surrealism?

Pop Surrealism, or lowbrow art, describes an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. Lowbrow is a widespread populist art movement with origins in the underground comix world, punk music, hot-rod street culture, and other subcultures. Lowbrow art often has a sense of humour - sometimes the humour is gleeful, sometimes impish, and sometimes it‘s a sarcastic comment. Most lowbrow artworks are paintings, but there are also toys, digital art, and sculpture. -cf Wikipedia

The Forum

The POP SURREALISM AND URBAN ART AWARD is based on this forum. It is created for the Award and its artists. Artists can present their work to an international public, get in contact with other artists and art friends and have the opportunity to participate in the Award. Art friends of this genre can also join the forum and are able to approach the artists and discover new exciting works of art. Perhaps signing in to the Forum will foster some art careers and lasting friendships. Galleries can also register as art friends and contact artists.

About us

The EUROPEAN AWARD AND FORUM FOR POP SURREALISM AND URBAN ART was initiated by Elmar Zorn, curator of the award, and the galerists of the Galerie Richter & Masset in Munich. Selena Fletcher, Lothar Keuler and Ulrich Richter
With this project we want to support and encourage the movement of the rise of undeground art in Europe.

The Logo of the Award
The Rise of a Military Helicopter to the Trademark of the Award A Russian helicopter of the type Mil Mi 2T, built in 1968 and known as the “Sokol,” first saw duty during the Cold War in Poland, where it was used to patrol the national border. Afterwards it served agricultural purposes as a crop duster for ten years. The landscaper Georg Albrecht purchased it in 2002, demilitarized it by painting it mint green, and gave it a new use as a playhouse for his grandchildren and other children in the neighborhood. Discovered in Beuern by the Munich-based gallery owners Uli Richter and Lothar Keuler -Galerie Richter & Masset-, the helicopter underwent an artistic intervention at the hands of the owner’s son Michael Albrecht and five artists (Won ABC, Dog ISK, Beastiestylez, I ARE UGLY and Casiegraphics), who used various techniques (graffiti, airbrush, brush and fiber paint) to transform the aircraft into an artwork – a brightly colored fabulous creature that embodies its history “from war to peace.” This story recounts the transformation of a military equipment into a peaceable instrument, a playtoy, an artwork and finally into the trademark of the first European “Pop Surrealism an Urban Art Award” as an emblem of “The Rise of Underground Art” - cf. Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, edited by Kirsten Anderson, San Francisco 2004 -

We are looking forward to welcome many new artworks and art friend visitors!

Christian Huebner, Ulrich Richter, and Lothar Keuler (from left to right)
Selena Fletcher, Ulrich Richter, and Lothar Keuler

Who can participate?

Participating in the EUROPEAN AWARD AND FORUM FOR POP SURREALISM AND URBAN ART and is free of any costs.