Nucleus Portland


Paulette Jo Small Solo Show

April 28 - May 15, 2022

Paulette Jo


Paulette Jo is a figurative painter. They love to depict both duality and beauty through their work. Lately, they enjoy creating narrative through images and turning them into zines or mini books. Paulette Jo would love to explore and experiment with editorial design and printing in the future.


Eliza Ivanova Solo Exhibition

April 22 - May 13 , 2022

Opening Reception: April 22 / 4pm - 7pm

Eliza Ivanova

Eliza Ivanova is an award-winning Bulgarian artist, animator, and filmmaker currently living and working in San Francisco. Her experience includes working for a decade as a full time 3D animator at Pixar Animation Studios on feature films and short films such as Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University, Inside Out, Coco, Toy Story of Terror, Bao, and also 2D animator on The Dam Keeper. She has published two books and participated in multi-artist publications as well. Eliza is working on personal animated films, some of which you can find in the animation section.

Home Bird

Home Bird is about paying respect to the peace and quiet of the place and the people that kept me going while the world was falling apart.


Lily Seika Jones: Tails Solo

March 19 - April 18, 2022

Opening Reception: Mar 19 / 2pm - 5pm 


Lily Seika Jones
Vancouver, 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.



Cat Johnston Small Solo

March 19 - April 18, 2022

Opening Reception: Mar 19 / 2pm - 5pm

Cat Johnston
Portland, Oregon

Cat Johnston is an artist and illustrator, originally from the South West of England and currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is interested in folklore, horror, witchcraft, magic and nature. Usually somewhat humorous, often strange, her work is preoccupied with the idea of creating parallel worlds, populated by weird, glamorous and creepy creatures and plants. This is expressed in drawings and mixed media sculptures.


Mizna Wada
Kowaii Club III: Neon

Febuary 11 - March 7, 2022

Gallery Opening: Feb 11 / 4pm - 7pm


Mizna Wada

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.

Artwork will go online after the opening reception at Nucleus Portland. 
No previews will be offered for this exhibition.




January 14  - February 7, 2022

Gallery Opening: Jan 14 / 4pm - 7pm

Nicole Duennebier

Nicole Duennebier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Maine College of Art with a major in painting. Her BFA thesis work was most influenced by research into the coastal ecosystems of Maine. In 2006 she was awarded the Monhegan Island Artists Residency. On the island she continued her work with sea life, and perceived a natural connection between the darkness and intricacy of undersea regions and the aesthetic of 16th-century Dutch still-life painting.

In 2008 Duennebier moved to the Boston area, and now lives and works in Malden. She is a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Painting Fellow and her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and New Britain Museum of American Art. Writing about Bright Beast, her 2013 solo show at the Lilypad in Cambridge, Cate McQuaid of the Boston Globe said Duennebier’s “technical mastery gives the artist what she needs to seduce the viewer; the content lowers the boom.” Duennebier has also been featured in the Portland Press Herald, Art New England and Hi-Fructose Magazine, among other publications. Duennebier has worked alongside her sister Caitlin Duennebier for a number of collaborative exhibitions, most recently “Love Superior, a Death Supreme” at Simmons University. Earlier this year, she was featured in a solo exhibition, Pushing Painting, at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University.

Through painting with attention to detail, I've become accustomed to the fact that nature itself, or anything living really, never totally allows you to have a perfectly idealized experience. Everything is constantly spewing, dripping, rotting a little. But there is an odd sumptuousness to textural attractions and repulsions co-mingling. I've always felt the dutch term "pronkstilleven" for ornate or ostentatious still life is synonymous with this feeling of strange attraction. Beyond vanitas paintings' more distinct moral symbols, the pronksilleven derives glamour equally from rot as it does golden riches and overflows with it. The irresistible nature of wasteful abundance. Everything heaved together, almost self-arranged into a glimmering feast.


three & Brett Stenson
2-Person Solo

December 17 - January 10, 2021

Gallery Opening: Dec 17 / 4 - 7pm


1986 Born in Japan “Three” is known for their sculptures made from melted PVC figures. 


Brett Stenson

Brett Stenson is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, letterer, and haphazardly-ambitious craftsperson who specializes in simplistic illustration, busted folky letters and sculptural figures inspired by submersive experiences in the outdoors and our connection to the natural world. 


Lesley Barnes & Ross McAuley


December 17 - January 10, 2021

Gallery Opening: Dec 17 / 4pm - 7pm

Lesley Barnes & Ross McAuley
Glasgow, Scotland

Bauhaus Ballet

These figures, made by Lesley Barnes and Ross McAuley, were inspired by the multifaceted German artist Oskar Schlemmer's 1922 Triadic Ballet. This 'Bauhaus Ballet' was a far cry from the delicate tutus and choreography of traditional ballet. The avant-garde performance consisted of three dancers, twelve movements and eighteen bold, sculptural costumes. His colourful geometric shapes playfully explored the relationship between the body and space by challenging and restricting the dancers.

The figures were first made to celebrate the release of Lesley's book, Bauhaus Ballet, a pop-up celebration of Oskar Schlemmer's work.

Our figures are handmade in Glasgow from beechwood. These all-new designs were produced especially for the exhibition at Nucleus Portland.


Power in Numbers 6: Postcard Show

November 19 - December 13, 2021

Gallery Opening: Nov 19 / 4pm - 7pm


Together with Gallery Nucleus LA, we are excited to present Power In Numbers 6
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. Only international artists will have work at the Portland Gallery.

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 is $100
A portion of gallery sales during the show will be donated to Friends of the Earth.


0073.UV / Absolute Ama / Adachi Acari / Adam Giroux / Aitoy / AlbaBG / Akiko Ijichi / Alan Melele / Alejandra Fernandez / Alexandra Cook / Alexandra Finkeldey / Alvaro Ramirez / Amliv Sotomayor / Angela An / Anita Sofia / Anna Alpatieva / Anna Cattish /Anoosha Syed / Amelia Hofsteede / Ashley Mackenzie Ava An / Ayang Cempaka / Ayuna / Berta Vallo / Betsy Cola / Black Ramu / BlueBean / Carolina T. Godina / Carolina Monterrubio / Cat Johnston / Catherine Unger / Cécile Berrubé / Chantal Horeis / Cheryl Owen / Chi Ngo / Chloé Nicolay / Coco Glez / Congming / Connie Lim / Creamsherry / CROM / Daniela Volpari / Daria Theodora / Deborah Lee / Del Perez Adan / Daifei / Dale Raines / Danielle Bennett / David Le Goon / Darya Shnykina / Davilorium / Davor Gromilović / Debbies Grahl / DEIHDevin Korwin / Diego Andrade / Diego Freyre / Dimitris Pantazis / Dion MBD /  DirtyRobot / Dolle Etoile / Dollicandy / DraaEdwintarm / Eevien Tan / Eileen Kai Hing Kwan / Egene Koo / Elaine Chen / Elen Winata / Ellie vs Bear / Emmanuelle Walker / Eri Aikawa / Eryn Lougheed / Erlend Tait / Eunpyon / Eva Eskelinen / Evan Lovejoy / Francesco Ciccolella / Gaia Bordicchia / Gemma Román / Genice Chan / Ghostpuff / Giacomo Bagnara / Gillian3g / God Machine / GossipGoblin / Grace Fong / Guillaume Josué / Hana Chatani / Hans Olo / Haley RoseHaylee Morice / Heidiroo / Hope Doe / íñigo / Isamar Medina / Ivardi Ahau / ivyteas / J. Scott / Janaina Medeiros / Jane Radstrom / Javier Pinto / Jason Parker / Jazmine Gubbe / Kelly Smith / Jasmin Dreyer / Jennifer Allnutt / Jet Jizhoushi / Joan Wirolinggo / Johanna Springer / Joanna Viheria / Johan Papin / Johanna Forster / Jon Fox / Joyblivion / Junissa Hardianto / Justine Thibault / Karl TrewhelaKaska Niemiro / Kate Paints / KD Burnsy / Kerby Rosanes / Kane / Keya Tama / Kima Lenaghan / Kloodwig / Koichame / Kristina Sabaite / Laura Garijo / Laura Laine / Léa Bancelin / LIFO Likrot / Linden Li Lisa LaRose / Lorena Alvarez Gómez / Loretta Lizzio / Lucas Geor / Madi Harper / Manuela López / Maga Rey / Mal Ojo / Mall Marc Majewski / Marjolaine Roller / Marie-Eve Proteau / Masae Seki / Masae Seki / Matteo Berton / Mayuko Iwata / Max Prentis / Melissa Hartley / Michael Dandley / Mike Chen / Milena HuhtaMizna Wada / Mizucat / Moon / Moonchild / Muertosruz / Murray Nelson / Muxxi / Naomi Romero / Natelle Quek / Niniwanted / Novalina Raya / Oliwia Bober / Paige Bowman / Paralilac / Patricia Romanov / Paulette Jo / Phil Moss / Shotze / Phonemova / Profe / Rafael Sarmento / Renée Park / Renée Nault / Rikibeztiki / Risa Kishida / Rocha / Rosemary Lee / Rozenn / Ryo Shibata / Samantha Chow / Sandrine Han / Sarah Kieley Sasaku Kusuriyubi / Sean Lewis / Shee P. Liu / Shiella Witanto / Soojin Chae / Squid Vishuss / Steph C. / Tania Yakunova / Tara Han-Tran Johnson / Tayone / Thomas Campi / Thoth / Tim Romanowsky / Timba Smits / Tim Molloy / Tokisuke / Tom Gerrard / Toshiki Nakamura / Varvara Nedilska / Vicki Ling / Vincent Dock / Votive / Uniquelab / Wenyi Geng / Valérie Bastille / Varvara Nedilska / Vero Navarro / Yeaaah! Studio / Yosi / Yulong Li 



Kim Slate Small Solo Exhibition

October 30 - November 15, 2021

Gallery Opening: Oct 30 / 12-5pm

Kim Slate

Hi! I’m an artist and animator living in Portland, Oregon. I studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and worked on films such as Coraline, ParaNormanThe BoxtrollsKubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link.



Kira Imai Print Solo Exhibition 2021

October 29 - November 15, 2021

Opening Reception: Oct 29 / 4pm - 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  



Alex Kuno

October 8 - October 25, 2021

Opening: October 8 / 4pm - 7pm


Alex Kuno is a full time artist and illustrator living and working in the Lowertown arts district Saint Paul, MN. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the US, Europe and Australia and regularly creates work on commission for private clients around the world.


Kristin Kwan Solo Exhibition

September 17 - October 4, 2021

Gallery Opening: Sept 17 / 4pm - 7pm

Kristin Kwan
Lincoln, Nebraska

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.



Alyssa Mees Trautz Mini Solo

September 17 - October 4, 2021

Gallery Opening: September 17 / 4pm - 7pm


Alyssa Mees
Southern California

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.


Microdose 3

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. 

Alfred Liu
Amy Earles
Andrea Soto
Bernard Lee
Cristina Bencina
Das Drew
Diego Penuela
Eli McMullen
Ellen Surrey
Jessica Tang
JP Neang
Juliet Schreckinger
Kayla Carlson
Kevan Hom
Kozy Kitchens
Lia Tin
Lily Seika Jones
Liz Clayton Fuller
Matt Schu
Patrick Mathews
Po Yan Leung
Samantha Mash
Svetla Radivoeva
Tegan Bellitta
The Obanath
Yumi Yamazaki

No previews/pre-sales for this show.


Sasha Ira Small Solo Exhibition

August 20 - September 13, 2021

Gallery Opening: August 20 / 4pm - 8pm


 Sasha Ira 

Small Solo:
A Quiet Disposition

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. 

Grant Kratzer & Sasaku Kusuriyubi 2-Person Solo Exhibition

July 30 - August 16, 2021

Gallery Opening: July 30 / 12pm - 5pm

Kansas City

Grant Kratzer is an artist and designer living and working in Kansas City under the name Cheatin' Snakes. Influenced by folk art and pop culture.

Cheatin' Snakes was born post graduation from Art Center in California. Their process begins with nostalgic research commonly including watching 90's wrestling and action movies, studying folk art and visual history by book, and then transforming those subjects into collectible art works.


A series of wood sculptures influenced by American folk art. Inspired by the idea of toys becoming collectibles, and pop culture serving as our own visual history. Deathmatch specifically references pairs of famous people known for being rivals or enemies.


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

Born in the countryside overlooking the mountains and the sea, all the small life forms (insects, fish, and beasts) around me are always trying their best to live in a tense and savage world without criticizing each other. At some point, their existence became a symbol of freedom and equality in my mind, and they affirmed me as a living being. In my paintings, my theme is to depict their freedom through characterization.


Davor Gromilović Solo &
Dadu Shin Small Show

July 9 - 26, 2021

Davor Gromilović

Sombor, Serbia

Davor Gromilovic is a visual artist currently residing in Sombor, Serbia (born in Yugoslavia, 1985). Although contemporary drawing represents the primary field of his creative exploration and development, he also shows creative abilities and genuine commitment to other artistic forms such as painting, illustration, graphics, murals, art fanzines, etc. His work is narrative and often inspired by fantastic motives of fairy tales, folk-art, pop surrealism, sci-fi, and even by north renaissance masters of painting, as well as by his personal experiences and inner world. In his work one notices a dominant use of symbols, his inner world and complex reflections from which he develops ideas and specific intimate aesthetics. Complex, but at the same time purified, strongly imaginative but well-thought-out works adorn this artist’s rich oeuvre.

Solo Show:
New Hope: Wicked Future

New Hope: Wicked Future features artwork that portrays fantastic scenes, mixing influences and moods with both a sense of wonder and danger. Different places and moments of the same surreal world that are filled with fantasy. The narrative involves different stories with mixed in references of sci-fi movies to Renaissance paintings, fairy tales, and the world of fantasy. 



Dadu Shin
New York

Dadu Shin is an artist living and working in Brooklyn NY. While he really likes making pictures and looking at pictures, his real dream is to grow a foot taller and become a professional basketball player.

 Small Show:
Here and There

Contact for request a show preview:



June 13 - July 5, 2021

Opens Online: June 13 at 10am PST

1524 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Our annual exhibition is titled Salut, a friendly expression used amongst companions before having a drink. In conjunction with our Drink & Draw Society, original artwork on coaster format will be on display in the gallery.  


When and where will the artwork be available to purchase?
CDC continues to recommend that large gatherings be avoided, so this year we will have a virtual opening onlineSunday, June 13th at 10:00 am PST at


What is the cost of each coaster?
$65, each an original work of art!


Will items stay in my cart by the time I’m ready for checkout?
Your cart will NOT be reserved. It is possible for someone else to complete their order before you.


Do you ship internationally?
Yes, however, UK orders are temporarily blocked.


Do you offer combined shipping or discounts on multiple orders?
No. With the amount of orders being placed during this show, combining orders could cause errors. 

Can I request a preview or pre-sale?
Not for this show.


Got any tips?
Research our artist roster ahead of time (see below). Have your credit card info ready, they go quick! Good luck and have fun!


Is this exhibition open to the public?
Yes, we would love for you to see the artwork in person! To avoid large crowds, the gallery will be closed on opening day. There will be many opportunities to view the show. Please check our IG profile for updated gallery hours. 

Do you accept open call for artists?
This show is curated by gallery invitation only. Almost all of the artist participants are based in the U.S.


A.C Esguerra  / Aaron Piland / Abigail Halpin / Adam Dix / Adrian Kay Wong / Alex Kuno / Alina Chau / Alyssa Mees / Amandalynn / Amber Aki Huang / Amy Earles / Andrea Guzzetta / Andrea Kang / Andi Soto / Andrew Ghrist / Andrew Mar / Dasdrew / Angela Sung / April Elizabeth / Aria Fawn / Illo Irro / Missupacey / Bao Pham / Becca Fuhrman / Bernard Lee / Braeden Cox / Brian Serway / Brooks Salzwedel / Bryce Wymer / Cahill Wessel / Baomii / Camilo Castro / Candie Bolton / Candace McKay / Carly Janine Mazur / Caroline Choi / Cassey Kuo / Celia Jacobs / Chad Pierce / Chelsea Blecha / Chris Uphues / Defectivepudding / Wingchow / Cleonique Hilsaca / Colin Verdi / Corinne Reid / Cristina Bencina / D. Jeffrey / Danny Schwartz / Deborah Lee / Bagger43 / Diego Penulea / Dusty Ray / Bayo / Edward Cao / Eli McMullen / Ellen Surrey / Ellie Norton / Emil Konishi / Emily Neilson / Emily Pettigrew / Skullbashhero / Eric Hancock / Erick Martinez / Erin Shin / Ethan Castillo / Eva Redamonti / Art and such Evan / Farel Dalrymple / Felicia Chiao / Floriane Marchix / Frank Gonzales / Fumi Nakamura / Gabby Zapata / Gemma Correll / Alex Dos Diaz / Gizem Vural / Grey Chen / Grace Kum / Graham Franciose / Graham Yarrington / Haejin Park / The Obanoth / Harmony Gong / Heather Sundquist Hall / Tintist / Heidiroo / Helen Mask / Helice Wen / Hermann Mejia / Hollie Mengert / Ieana Soon / Isabel Samaras / Ivan Montoya / Jackie Brown / Jackie Dunn Smith / Jackson Dryden  / James Lipnickas / James Thistlethwaite / Jamie Green / Jared Andrew Schorr / Jason Levesque / Jason Mowry / Jeannie Lynn Paske / Jeff McMillan / Jeffrey Sincich / Jennifer Davis / Jen Tong / Jennifer Wang / Sleepy Jess / Jesse Simpson / Jessica Dalva / Jessica Hong / Jessica Roux / Jialun Deng / MadebyEnger / John F. Malta / Joon the Goon / Jordan Kay / Josey Tsao / Josh Minnich / Joshua Lawyer / JP Neang / Julian Callos / Julianna Brion / Julie Hang / Juliet Schreckinger / Justine Prebich / Karen Kuo / Kat Terada / Katherine Lam / Kathleen Neeley / Katie Gamb / Kenard PakPaper Puffin / Keith Negley / Kekai Kotaki / Kelly Louise Judd / Kelly Lu / Kelsey Buzzell / Kevan Hom / Kevin Jay Stanton / Keyla Valerio / Kim Slate / Kimberli Johnson / Tinydaggersart / Kourtney Jossy / Krista Perry / Kristen SoleckiKristin Kwan / Kyle Fewell / MonQ / Lachlan Herrick / Loe Lee / Lawrence Hugh Burns / Lia Tin / Lily Jones / Lindsay Stripling / Lisa Kogawa / Liz Clayton Fuller / Louie Chin / Louis Sandoval / Lydia Nichols / Malisa Suchanya / Mari Inukai / Marika Paz / Marisa Aragón Ware / Mariya Pilipenko / Mark Hoffmann / Mary O' Malley / Mary Syring / Matt Byle / Matt Gordon / Matt MidgleyMatt Schu / Matthew Crumpton / Megan Buccere / Tweedlebop / Michael York Gilreath / Mike Bennett / Mike Egan / Mike Howat / Mike Lowery / Mike Schultz / Minnie Phan / Miranda Tacchia / Mizna Wada / MJ Lindo-Lawyer / Molly Egan / Molly Mendoza / Mónico Chávez / 1-L / Nana Williams / Naoshi / Naomi BakerNatalia Cardona Puerta / Natalie Andrewson / Natalie Hall / Lillipore / Nate Otto / Nick Nazzaro / Nick Vargas / Nicole Duennebier / Nicole Salgar / Nikolas Ilic / Btrfce / Oliver Akuin / Olivia Beelby / Olivia Fields / Pace Taylor / Patara / Patrick Hruby / Patrick Mathews / Peter Adamyan / Phoebe Zhong / Po Yan Leung / Rachel Elese / Reiko Murakami / Reuben Negron / Ricky De Los Angeles / Rose Wong / Rowan Kingsbury / Ryan Bartlett / Niky Motekallem / Sam Alden / Sam Kalda / Samantha Mash / Sarah Kieley / Savanna Judd / Sean Keeton / Sean Mahan / Shannon Taylor / Shelley Couvillion / Shihori Nakayama / ShinYeon Moon / Shoko Ishida / Song Kang / Steve Martinez / Steve Sandoval / Steven Russell Black / Subin Yang / Svetla Radivoeva / Tegan Belitta / Teresa GrasseschiTim Peacock / Tim Doyle / Art of Yayu / Juliette Toma / Avantarded / Vanessa Gillings / VR Rivera / Vasilisa Romanenko / Victoria Orolfo / Vin Ganapathy / Violet ReedYas Imamura / Yohey Horishita / Yoshi Yoshitani / Yumi Yamazaki / Yumiko Kayukawa / Yuuki Jia / Yusei Abe / Zach Mendoza / Zach Meyer / Zachary Oldenkamp / Zoe Hawk / Zoe Persico 


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