Nucleus Portland

Future Exhibitions

Mizna Wada Solo: Kowaii Bloody Club

*Held at the NEW Nucleus House Gallery Location:
1137 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211


February 3 - 26, 2023

Opening Reception: February 3 / 5pm - 7pm



Mizna Wada
Japan

Mizna Wada is a Japan-based illustrator. She was born in 1974 in Kumamoto, Japan. She materializes creepy and cute girls by using various techniques: Drawing, Painting, Paper cut, Print Gocco, Cloth Doll.



Stevie Shao Solo: In The Star Forest

February 4 - 26, 2023

Opening Reception: February 4 / 4pm - 6pm

 




Stevie Shao
Seattle

Stevie Shao is a Seattle born-and-raised illustrator and muralist whose work features bold colors, folk art inspired imagery and a love for the plant and animal life from the region. Shao incorporates a universe of characters from folktales, drawing inspiration from historic illustration styles, her Chinese background, and her fascination with storytelling to represent these creatures, their relationships, and the meaning we instill in their portrayal. She is passionate about local causes related to environmental stewardship, racial justice and preserving historic community roots.



Lily Seika Jones Small Solo 2023

February 4 - 26, 2023

Opening Reception: February 4 / 4pm - 6pm




Lily Seika Jones

Canada

Lily Seika Jones is a full-time artist/illustrator currently working out of Vancouver, Canada. She spends the majority of her time drinking tea indoors while creating highly detailed, whimsical watercolor and ink paintings, taking inspiration from her favourite childhood stories and mid-century illustrators, as well as the natural world of the Pacific Northwest. Lily is interested in how myths and fairytales shape our childhood and the world around us, and sees her art-making as an exploration of the significance of these stories as we grow up.
 


Deth Sun Solo

*Held at the NEW Nucleus House Gallery Location:
1137 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211


March 3 - 26, 2023

Opening Reception: March 3 / 5pm - 7pm


Deth Sun

California

I'm an artist currently living in a small seaside town in Northern California. Originally I'm from down south in San Diego, but I moved up to Bay Area where I studied for two years at San Francisco State University, and then transferred to the California College of Arts and Crafts, where I received my BFA in 2002 in Painting and Drawing.

 

I'm also a zine maker. My first one was when I was 17, and I've tried to make one each year since. Most of them are collections of my drawings for each year, but I also venture in documenting and history zines. These days I plan my vacations around possible zine fairs to table at.

 

My work is informed by my interest in nature, exploring, and wordless storytelling. If there was a way of describing my work it'd be a suggestive narrative with romantic/depressive images.

 


Imaginary Spaces

March 4 - 26, 2023

Opening Reception: March 4 / 4pm - 6pm

 


Group exhibition curated by
Huntz Liu



Shintaro Kago Solo Exhibition

April 1 - 30 , 2023

Opening Reception: April 1 / 4pm - 6pm


Shintaro Kago
Japan

Shintaro Kago is a Japanese manga artist that has been working in the field since 1988. He describes himself as kisou mangaka (“bizarre manga artist”), and his work usually features strong satirical overtones as well as themes of grotesque, experimental, and the bizarre. He has published numerous comics and stories in his career, notable among them Super-Conductive Brains Parataxis published in the magazine Weekly Young Jump. In 2014 he also designed the cover for Flying Lotus's album You're Dead!, as well as producing illustrations for each of the songs.


 


 

Cluster: Mushroom Group Show


Eun-Ha Paek Small Solo

May 6 - 28, 2023

Opening Reception: May 6 / 4pm - 6pm


Eun-Ha Paek
New York

 


Kozy Kitchens Solo

May 6 - 28, 2023

Opening Reception: May 6 / 4pm - 6pm


Kozy Kitchens
Japan

 


Salut! 8 Coaster Show

June 4 - July 1, 2023

Opening Reception: June 4 / TBA

Details TBA
 

 


Lihao Lu, Kevin Sabo, & Betty Jiang

July 8  - 30, 2023

Opening Reception: July 8 / 4pm - 6pm


Lihao Lu
Australia

Lihao is a Chinese Australian artist based in Sydney.  His work is inspired by Chinese culture, human emotion, music and nature. Ink is his choice of medium, subtle colour on the smooth paper surface compliments his idea of balance. 

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Kevin Sabo
Virginia

Kevin Sabo is a painter (b. 1992) in Virginia Beach, VA (USA) and currently based in Richmond, VA (USA). He trained and studied art throughout his youth and graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University in 2015. His paintings are typically multi-media - acrylic, ink, spray, collage work that is largely based around the figure, often playing with character and fashion. Themes of queer identity, satire, existential revelations can be spotted throughout his expressive work. Sabo describes his paintings as large sketches, as they are never pre-determined ahead of the end result.

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Betty Jiang
California

Betty works full-time in both the animation and video game industry. On her down time, you can find her chilling with her bunnies and drinking matcha smoothies.




Cat Rabbit Solo

August 5 - August 27, 2023


Opening Reception:  Aug 5 
 / 4pm - 6pm


Cat Rabbit
Australia

 

Cat Rabbit is a textile artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Using felt, recycled and vintage fabrics, Cat hand stitches plush sculptural works of her imagined characters and the worlds they might live in. Her work translates to many formats — from children’s books to large scale felt installations to magazine editorials — always with the aim of bringing softness and warmth to the viewer.

 


Kira Imai Print Solo

*Held at Nucleus House Gallery Location:
1137 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211



September 1 - September 24, 2023


Opening Reception:  
Sep 1 / 5pm - 7pm

 

Join us at the gallery for the opening reception on Friday, October 29th (4pm-7pm). Come dressed up in Lolita Fashion to receive a special treat bag. *Masks are required inside the gallery.

Kira Imai
Tokyo, Japan

Kira Imai is an illustrator residing in Tokyo.

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 exclusive limited edition prints on display and for sale at the gallery and at nucleusportland.com 

 


Adrian Contreras Solo

*Held at the NEW Nucleus House Gallery Location:
1137 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211


October 6 - 29, 2023

Opening Reception: October 6 / 5pm - 7pm





Adrian Contreras
California

Adrian Contreras (B.1987, Santa Maria, CA) is an illustrator and designer based out of Los Angeles, CA. In 2017, he received his BFA in Illustration Design from Art Center College of Design. 

Adrian primarily works with airbrush using water based acrylics. Inspired by 70's West Coast airbrush art, Chicano culture, skateboarding and his affinity for cats, Adrian's work explores topics of internet culture, mortality and social commentary of Latin American culture.

 


Power in Numbers 8: Postcard Show

*Held at the NEW Nucleus House Gallery Location:
1137 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211



November 3 - 26, 2023


Opening Reception: November 3 / TBA


Together with Gallery Nucleus LA, we are excited to present Power In Numbers 7
Since the first PIN 
in 2006, the show will continue to feature hundreds of artwork in a postcard format. Both galleries will have separate rosters. 

Purchasing artwork: first come first serve.
The full exhibition will go online after the opening reception.
No previews or pre-sales. All sales are final.

Each 5" x 7" original will be sold for $100
 

 


 

Sasaku Kusuriyubi Solo

September 2 - September 24 , 2023

Opening Reception: Sep 2 / 4pm - 6pm


Sasaku Kusuriyubi is a painter living in Japan. They draw landscapes of the heart and animism as motifs. 

 



Felicia Chiao Small Solo

September 2 - September 24 , 2023

Opening Reception: Sep 2 / 4pm - 6pm


Felicia Chiao
California

Felicia Chiao is a San Francisco based industrial designer and illustrator who enjoys making work traditionally on brown toned paper with a mix of markers and other mediums. She enjoys finding details and delight in the mundane as well as conveying the subtler emotions in life that sometimes don't have words.

 



Eliza Ivanova Solo

November 4 - 26 , 2023

Opening Reception: November 4 / 4pm - 6pm


Eliza Ivanova
California



Sean Mahan Solo

November 4 - 26, 2023

Opening Reception: November 4 / 4pm - 6pm


Sean Mahan
Florida



Kristin Kwan Solo

December 2 - December 26 , 2023

Opening Reception: December 2 / 4pm - 6pm


Kristin Kwan
Nebraska

Kristin Kwan is an artist who makes illustrative paintings and drawings. She uses elements of fantasy and allegory to explore themes of life, death, and rebirth. 

 

 


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