Surrealism In Europe
In 1986 Jerry Calote moved from Los Angeles to the Berner Oberland of Switzerland. There he discovered an opportunity to create a unique visual representation of the environment and compound realistic painting techniques with his academic background in the “cartoon”. This combination of influences enabled him to compose his first serious body of original work. The whimsical surrealism that he produced during this period was characterized by sublime social statement, irony, and satirical narrative. Within this painting realm Jerry Calote found room to incorporate his vivid imagination and fantasies. He became bemused by Jügendstil architectural design in Europe and used these forms as an anchor for many of his paintings. Juxtaposing realistic forms into unrealistic compositions, he found a vehicle for metaphor and cryptic statement about his world.