Artist Sasha Ira is best known for her eye-catching portraits of emotional female sitters suspended in sensual and intimate moments of solitude and contemplation. A self taught artist, Ira works primarily in oil painting and drawing. Working in layers of gestural paint applications combined with areas of rendered detail, with her graphite work executed with a more refined and detailed approach. She currently lives and works outside the Chicago area.
AUGUST 20 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
GALLERY OPENING: AUG 20 / 4PM - 8PM
In a culture that often puts emphasis on getting all things bigger or in large amounts beholds a surprising truth that an emotion or physiological reaction can come from something so tiny.
Kristin Kwan is an artist who makes illustrative paintings and drawings. She is interested in images from myths and shared stories and the way they collect layers of meaning over time. In her work she uses elements of fantasy and allegory to explore themes of life, death, and rebirth. She lives with her husband, daughter, and many pets.
My work is the attempt to create symbols and amulets for the understanding of a persistent feverish and melancholic state that befalls me. My images originate from the primary reading of anguish and the relationship of my gaze on the world around me. These same are, in short, syn-aesthetic and symbolic arrangements. The procedure that prevails in my work is the technical use of tempera, watercolor and sumi ink. I do them with the intention of creating an aesthetic approximation between traditional Japanese painting and Italian Baroque. My narrative interest comes from the attempt to create a bond of sensations by reading textures, details and symbols displayed in my works. Many arranged in layers requiring a certain dedication from the viewer. one that is subject to capturing, even if in part, the range of sensations and lines of dialogues displayed there. The making process is perhaps the most rewarding. the one that leads me to discover tones, effects and modes that intensify and provides more clearly the context of my work. Such a process always brings me closer to the aesthetic and conceptual fusion I seek. Technically speaking, I impose certain purposeful limitations. Thus creating forms of readings that otherwise would not be possible. my quest to awaken not momentary sensations, but sensations that may persist the viewer's memory. Cause from a slight warmth to a chill that persists for many days.
Alyssa Mees Trautz is a graphic designer, painter, and illustrator based in Southern California. Throughout over 15 years of creating visual art, she has drawn inspiration from her fascination with animals, nature, and street art. She strives to learn, explore, and grow with each piece she creates. Alyssa comes from a creative family of painters, a tattoo artist, a baker and a musician. She began to embrace art late in her high school years when her favorite teacher encouraged her to keep painting. She works as a full time graphic designer and paints in the evenings and on the weekends. When she isnt working, Alyssa enjoys cooking, eating, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Imai is known for her collection of works: "Himeki Hime", "Moon Girl", "Girl's Country" from Studio Parabolica, and a maiden bookshelf series "Schoolgirl" from Ritsutosha. Kira also works with textiles such as Lolita fashion brands and miscellaneous goods.
Nucleus will have some exclusive prints on display and for sale at the gallery and at nucleusportland.com.