Nucleus Portland


Windows: Matt Schu Solo

MARCH 20 - APRIL 11, 2021


Matt Schu
Portland, Oregon

Matt Schu is an artist & illustrator based in Portland, Oregon, USA. Working most often with ink and gouache on paper, he is preoccupied with houses, trees, rocks, and cloudy skies.


The outside is at the threshold trying to come in, and it enters a room through the window like a picture hanging on the wall. But the window abstracts the world by flattening it. As a result of this limited view, my imagination fills in the gaps. With my brain doing most of the work, the world takes on the quality of a dream, and the barrier between my subconscious and reality erodes, if there ever was one. After a long time inside, I begin to feel like an indoor cat, inventing its own world with not much to work with

*Held at the NEW Gallery Location:
1524 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211


Hidden: Lily Seika Jones Solo

MARCH 13 - APRIL 5, 2021


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.


I love stumbling upon things that seem meant to remain hidden. When I was young I saved a small vole from my cats and released it back into nature - and I like to think he went on to have many more little adventures. There’s something  really... encouraging in seeing these small, seemingly defenceless characters venturing out into a world bigger than they realize, which is why I find myself always drawn back to illustrating them. I think you can find all sorts of hidden stories in the smallest spaces. The pieces in this show are my attempts to illustrate that, and offer a glimpse of what magic still remains in the nooks and crannies of the world.



Faunwood Solo
Alfred Liu Mini Show

FEBRUARY 13 - MARCH 8, 2021

1PM - 4PM



Miranda Zimmerman is an artist and designer located in Eugene, Oregon. She uses inspiration from nature and her background in science to create intricate and dreamlike creatures. Her work invites the viewer to explore a world where the lines between science and fantasy are blurred (with plenty of video-game inspired cuteness along the way)!


The Lost Field Guide

“The Lost Field Guide” is a collection of fantasy creatures and places inspired by the natural world around us. While beautiful, resilient, and colorful, our planet Earth can also be ruthless and unforgiving. Still, even the darkest trenches and harshest chemicals can sustain an abundance of life! These pieces are informed by the incredible diversity we see in nature (given that we continue to take care of it), and offer a fictional interpretation of the biological illustrations from previous generations.


“Growing up with my Grandmother she embedded in me a love for Chinese history,mythology and culture.Growing up in Australia has shaped who I am, When I paint and draw all my colors and ideas are rooted in my surroundings, no matter where I go this is my home...”

Fantasy and sci-fi has always been and still is an important part of my life, the stories have taken me places that are beyond this world, it has been wonderful, frightening and exciting!”

The Little Journey

One Dwarf rabbit’s quest to search for his father, who went missing looking for the sacred book of the Karzeleks in the depths of the Abyss.

Kowaii Club - Mizna Wada & Friends



Mizna Wada

Nucleus is excited to present Mizna Wada's solo exhibition + group show, KOWAII CLUB. The spooky-cute theme is based on the coined word, "Kowaii" which is a combination of "Kowai" (spooky/scary) and "Kawaii" (cute). 



 The show will go online on January 16th at 6pm.

Jesus Benitezf Print Solo

FEBURARY 27 - MARCH 15, 2021


Jesus Benitezf

A visual artist from Mexico City, Jesus’ work is focused on the creation of characters and illustration. He has dabbled in different disciplines such as painting, mural, traditional animation, graffiti, sculpture and installation. A recurring theme in his work is science fiction and cosmic horror. To this day, his work has been in various group exhibitions at the national and international level, alongside designers, visual artists, illustrators and muralists from around the world.

*Held at the NEW Gallery Location:
1524 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Perry Dixon Maple Print Solo Exhibition

Dec 19, 2020 – Jan 13, 2021

Gallery opening: Dec 19 / 12pm-4pm


Los Angeles

Perry Dixon Maple is an artist and storyteller located in California. He is an Art Director and Artist on many feature animated films in Los Angeles. All work exhibited here are from Perry's own stories and are small quiet glimpses into a larger world.


Dec 11, 2020 – Jan 13, 2021

Gallery opening: Dec 11th (5pm-8pm)



Lim Qi Xuan is a 27-going-28 year old sculptor, better known by her moniker, QimmyShimmy. She works as a designer by day and an artist by nightfall, fuelling her two passions with caffeine and even bigger dreams.

Her miniature sculptures, which are described by many as "creepy-cute", fuse two worlds of the real and the imagined, treading between the fine lines of horror and beauty. Her aesthetic sensibilities have been shaped by her love for fantasy stories, old curiosities, time-travel and a yearning for worlds natural and make-believe.

QimmyShimmy's works have been showcased in galleries around the world, in cities like New York, London, Milan and Hong Kong. She is currently based in Singapore.



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


Microdose 2

November 8 – December 1, 2020

Gallery Opening: Nov. 8 / 12 - 4 PM

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. 

Each original piece in this exhibition is no larger than 2.5 inches.

 Dos Diaz 
Alfred Liu
Alyssa Mees
Andrew Ghrist
Art of Miso
Audra Auclair
Bernard Lee
Colin Verdi
Corinne Reid
Dave Cooper
Diego Penuela
Eli McMullen
Erik Mark Sandberg
Felicia Chiao
Huntz Liu
Jenny Yu
Jessica So Ren Tang
JP Neang
Kelly Lu
Kelsey Buzzell
Kenard Pak
Kevan Hom
Kristin Kwan
Matt Schu
Michael York Gilreath
Niky Motekallem
Oliver Hibert
Paper Puffin
Svetla Radivoeva
Vanessa Gillings
Vasilisa Romanenko
Yumi Yamazaki

No online previews or pre-sales for this exhibition. 
Artwork will go online after the gallery opening. 








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 some exclusive prints on display and for sale at the gallery and at


Smitheone Solo Exhibition

October 18 - November 8, 2020

Gallery Opening: October 18th / 4 - 7 PM


México D.F. A

Smithe is an artist from México who is influenced by old local comics, graphic style of the 50's and Sci-Fi movies. At the age of 13 he painted graffiti just for fun and as a hobby. As an autodidactic evolutionist with an attraction to fine art, Smithe is constantly reinventing his style. Over the past years the subjects of his work have explored different themes such as Existentialism, Individuality of the human being and the machine within.

Defragmentation, a common symbol in his work, is used as a vehicle to show the inner elements that power his characters and is shown as a surrealistic machine. Smithe is commonly known for his graffiti, but is also involved in other artistic areas such as illustration, design, sculpture and music. He has exhibited in Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, USA, and Mexico.




August 2 – 31, 2020

Opening at the gallery: 
August 2 (4pm-7pm)


Vancouver, WA

Nicole Gustafsson is the creator behind NIMASPROUT. Nicole works as a full time illustrator, specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments, to pop culture based project. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and pet kids.


Eugene, OR

Miranda Zimmerman uses inspiration from nature and her background in science to create intricate and dreamlike creatures.  Her work invites the viewer to explore a world where the lines between science and fiction are blurred. 

Miranda graduated from California State University–Monterey Bay with a bachelor's degree in Evolutionary Biology.  She then went on to acquire her graduate certificate in Science Illustration, and spent three months working on paleontological reconstruction at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.  She now resides in the Pacific Northwest, taking on freelance work and creating Faun-Creatures to fill her fictional universe. 
Clients include Oculus Rift, The Field Museum, and independent researchers.


Portland, OR

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, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link.




"All Together Now"

July 10 – 29, 2020

Gallery Opening: July 10 / 5 - 8 PM

Los Angeles, CA

Ellen is an illustrator & designer who's not afraid of using color in her charming illustrations. She draws inspiration from Mid-Century design and vintage treasures-- Finding the beauty from the past and incorporating it into her work.


Los Angeles, CA

Patrick is an illustrator & designer who specializes in creating bright and whimsical images. He teaches Surface Design at Art Center College of Design and works as a designer for Kid Made Modern. Essentially, Patrick is a wizard.


Los Angeles, CA

Loris is an illustrator & designer whose work can be described as colorful and engaging. Her attention to detail sets her apart from the ordinary. She draws inspiration from her Mexican upbringing and Mid-Century design to create her delightful illustrations.


SALUT! 5 Coaster Show

June 12 – July 3, 2020

Salut is a friendly expression used toward one's companions before having a drink. In conjunction with our gallery and bar, original artwork on coaster format will be on display in the gallery. Instead of hosting a Portland reception this year, the show will open online. This means that you’ll have a chance to view and purchase artwork from home safely.


When & where will the Coasters be available to view/purchase?
June 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (PST) - Online at

How much does a Coaster cost?
 $60 each. This is a fun show for fans and artists, and a rare opportunity to own original artwork at a very reasonable price. =)

Is the gallery offering online previews/pre-sales?
No, please do not request.

Will artwork stay in my cart by the time I’m ready to purchase?
Items in your cart will NOT be reserved. It is possible for someone else to complete checkout before you.

Does the gallery ship internationally?
Yes, we want everyone to have a chance to purchase artwork from this show. Please be aware that as a result of Covid-19, international shipping to many countries outside of North America has been delayed, suspended, and has become less reliable. You are still welcomed to purchase online, however, we may contact you if we believe the shipping destination might be a risk and advise postponing the shipment.

If I make several purchases will you combine shipping or offer a discount
No. Sorry, combining orders is time-consuming as is and leaves room for error. To avoid any mix-ups, we will not be able to offer combined shipping. 

Will the gallery be open for me to see this show in person?
We plan to re-open in mid June. Upon entry, social distancing and mask policy will be strictly enforced.

Any tips on getting the artwork I want?
Research the artist roster ahead of time (see below), and have your payment info ready for checkout, credit cards only. Good luck and have fun!

Sales are final.

A.C. Esguerra / Aaron Piland / Abigail Halpin / Adrian Kay Wong / ActionHankBeard / Alina Chau / Alyssa Mees / Amber Aki Huang / Amy Earles / Amy Kuttab / Andrea Kang / Andi Soto / Andrew Ghrist  / Angela Sung / Anuj Shrestha / Aria Fawn / Austin Rossborough / Aya kakeda / Bagger43 / Bao Pham / Barachan / Becca Barnet / Ben Tolman / Bernard Lee / Braeden Cox  / Bryce Wymer / Butterface / Camille Andre / Candie Bolton / Candace McKay / Carlos Enciso / Carly Janine Mazur / Caroline Choi / Celia Jacobs / Chad Eaton / Chelsea Blecha / Cleonique Hilsaca / Cody Miles / Colin Frangicetto Colin Verdi / D. Jeffrey / Daria Aksenova / Dasdrew aka Andrew Peña / Davy Le Chevance / Dean Stuart / Deborah Lee / Defectivepudding / Deth P. Sun / Diego Penuela / Dingding HuDion MBD / Dusty Ray / Eli McMullen / Ellen Surrey Emil Konishi / Emily Neilson / Emily Pettigrew / Eric Hancock / Erick MartinezErika Lee Sears / Eugenia Mello / Eva Redamonti / Evah Fan / Faunwood / Farel Dalrymple / Felicia Chiao / Fumi Nakamura / Gemma Correll / Gizem Vural / Grace Kum / Graham Annable aka Grickle / Guno Park / Gustavo Rimada / Harmony Deimling / Harmony Gong / Harumo Sato / Hayley Powers / Heather Sundquist  Heidi Moreno / Helen Mask / Helice Wen / Hollie Mengert / Ileana Soon / Jackson Dryden / Jacquelin de Leon / James Lipnickas / James Thistlethwaite / Jasjyot Singh Hans Jeannie Lynn Paske / Jeff McMillan / Jen Tong / Jennifer Davis  / Jenny Yu / Jesse Simpson / Jessica Roux / Jialun Deng / John F. Malta / John Walker / Joseph Harmon / Joshua Lawyer / Joshua Minnich / JP Neang / Julian Callos / Julianna Brion / Julie Hang / Juliette Toma / Justine Prebich / Kate O'Hara / Kat Terada / Kayla Edgar / Kekai Kotaki / Kelly Louise Judd / Kelly Sux / Kelsey Buzzell / Kevan Hom / Kim Slate / Kodi Bujard / Kourtney Jossy / Krista Perry / Kristen Solecki / Kristin Kwan / Kyle Fewell Lachlan Herrick / Lawrence Hugh Burns / Lily Seika Jones / Lina YuLisa Congdon / Logan Schmitt / Lolimoog / Loveis Wise / Lydia Nichols / Madebyenger / Mari Inukai / Marika Paz / Marisa Aragón Ware Mariya Pilipenko / Mark Hoffmann / Mary Syring / Matt Byle / Matt Schu / Matthew Crumpton / Maxwell McMaster / Megan Buccere / Michael Fleming / Michael York Gilreath / Mike Choi / Mike Lowery / Mike Schultz / Minnie Phan / Miranda Tacchia / Mónico Chávez / Mwanel Pierre-Louis / Nadia Rausa / Nana Williams / Naoshi / Natalia Cardona Puerta / Nate Otto / Nicole Duennebier / Nicole Gustafsson / Nikolas Ilic / Niky Motekallem / Noségo / Oliver Ono / Ouizi / Pace Taylor / Paper Puffin / Patara / Patrick Hruby / Patrick Mathews / Peggy Dean / Peter Adamyan / Peter Di Nguyen / Philipp Zurmöhle / Phoenix Chan / Po Yan Leung / Reiko Murakami / Reuben Negron / Robot Soda / Rory Phillips / Ryan Duggan / Samantha Mash / Sasha Ira / Savanna Judd / Sean Keeton / Sean Mahan / Sena Kwon / Shea Spina / Shelley Couvillion / Shoko Ishida / Skullbashhero aka Eric Bonhomme / Sophia Rapata / Steve Martinez / Steven Russell Black / Susan Yung / Svetla Radivoeva / Taylor Rose / Tegan Bellitta / Teresa Grasseschi / Tim Peacock / Tintist / Vanessa Gillings / Vasilisa Romanenko / Villatose / Vin Ganapathy / VR Rivera / William Basso / Will Murai / Wyatt Hersey / Ximena Rendón /  Yayu Yumi Yamazaki / Yumiko Kayukawa / Yusei Abe / Yuuki Jia / Zach Meyer / Zachary Mendoza / Zachary Oldenkamp / Zoe Persico


May 22 - June 7, 2020

Richmond, VA

Painter - Illustrator - Professor (b. 1976), American. Sterling Hundley is an illustrator, educator and based in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Founder of Legendeer, an international community dedicated to embedding artists back into the world. 

In 2014, Hundley illustrated the classic "Treasure Island" for The Folio Society in London, England. Hundley is currently pursuing a career as a Painter, creating deeply personal work for exhibition. In 2019, Hundley created 28 illustrations for Robert Burleigh’s O Captain, My Captain, published by Abrams, which features the story of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman in Washington DC during the Civil War.


Lincoln, NE

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.


April 25 - May 18, 2020

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Portland, OR

Teagan White is an artist and illustrator specializing in intricate paintings of flora and fauna. Her work depicts nature's subtle, gentle reciprocity and wild, tragic discord through muted colors, ornamental layouts, and meticulous detail.  Teagan lives in Minneapolis with a cat named Bug and a taxidermy goose, and spends her time riding bikes, trying to be friends with seagulls, holding unexpected animal funerals, volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center, reading tarot cards, and vanishing into the woods.


Toronto, Canada

Bennett Slater is a Canadian oil painter who utilizes traditional oil painting methods on wood. Their work mixes teachings borrowed from Flemish and Dutch still life disciplines, combined with bold colours and forms from the pop art and surrealist schools. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities explored in their work.


Lily Seika Jones Solo & Microdose Group Exhibition

March 6 -  April 1 , 2020

Reception: Mar 6 / 6 - 9 PM

Seattle, WA

Lily Seika Jones is a full-time artist/illustrator currently based in the third bedroom of a charming home in Shoreline, Washington with her husband and their two cats. 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. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2014 majoring in Literature, Fine Arts, and Education, and decided that very year she would pursue a career that would allow her to combine her all her passions and interests: book illustration. Since then, she has been freelancing and running Rivulet Paper Shop on Etsy. 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.



Group Exhibition 

In a super sized 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. While psychedelics are commonly connected with the term Microdose, the title does not suggest the theme or specific colors — it is to be interpreted by the artist. The intent is to create small artwork as a visual dosage.

Power In Numbers 5 - Postcard Art Show

Images shown represents past work by some of the participating artists,

and will not be featured in this show.


February 15 - February 28, 2020

Reception: Feb 15 / 5 - 8 PM

Together with Gallery Nucleus LA, we are excited to present Power In Numbers 5
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. 170+ International artists will have work at the Portland Gallery.

Purchasing artwork - first come first serve.
The full exhibition will be on view online after the opening reception.
No previews or pre-sales.

Each 5" x 7" postcard is $75
A portion of the gallery sales will be donated to WIRES and ACLU


Abigail Larson / AitoyAlejandra FernandezAlex KunoAlfred Liu / Ame / Amelia Hofsteede AmeruAmliv Sotomayor / Ana BusteloAndrew Rae / Andrew Mar / Andy Bennett / Angela An / Angela Ho / Anna Cattish / Atreyu Moniaga / Audra Auclair / Ava / Avalon Nuovo / Ayang Cempaka / Bernard BagalsoBen Bauchau / Blanca Gómez / Bobby LeashBrolga / Caroline Ji / Carolina T. Godina Ciria / Chantal Horeis / Charles TanCheryl Owen /  Chi Ngo / ChoimagoConnie Lim / Cosmic Spectrum /Creature Creature / DaifeiDániel TaylorDavor GromilovićDean Kalcoff / Dewey Guyen / Dewi PlassDiego Andrade / Dimitris Pantazis / Dilraj Mann / Dirty Robot / Dolce Paganne / Dung Ho / Eduardo Vieira / Eevien TanEllie vs Bear / Emmanuelle Walker / Evie May Adams / Felicia Chiao / Fictograph / Førtifem / Gaia Bordicchia / Graeme McCormackHanna Lee Joshi / Helena Covell / Hélène Delmaire / Isa Bancewicz / Ivonna Buenrostro / J.M. Dragunas / James Lee Chiahan / Jana Heidersdorf / Janaina Medeiros / Jang Koal / Jasmin Dreyer / Jason Parker / Jenn Liv / Jenn Woodall / Jennifer Allnutt / Jezreel Tuya / John Ed De Vera / Jon Fox / José DomingoJuan Ramón Meza RivadeneiraJulia Scott / Julie Filipenko / Karen ObuhanychKate Paints / Katharina OrtnerKatrin Wiehle / Kazuhiro Hori / Kelly Smith / Kerby RosanesKim Hu / Kima Lenaghan / Kristin Siegel-Leicht / KyuYongLana Jay / LAP / Lauren Degraaf / Lesley Barnes / Likrot / Lily Snowden-Fine / Lorena Alvarez Gómez / Loretta LizzioLuisa RiveraLuo Man / Lucy Michelle / Mack / Madison Erin Mayfield / MAIS2 / Mall / Margaret Morales / Mari Costa / Maria NguyenMarie-Alice Harel / Mathilde PayenMattias Adolfsson / Maria Suarez-Inclan / Melissa Hartley / Melissa Grisancich / Meredith Marsone / Messy Desk / Meyoco / Miss Étoile / Moonchild / Muertosruz / Muxxi / Natalie Dombois / Natelle QuekNikkie StinchcombeNoa SnirOlga Wieszczyk / Oliwia Bober / Paulette Jo / Pangurban / Patricio Betteo / Peter Diamond / Pierre Croco / Pogo / Raf Sarmento / Rafael Mayani / Rebecca Yanovskaya / Renée Park / Rotten Fantom / Rozenn / Saara Katariina Söderlund / Sam Bee / Sara Boccaccini MeadowsSarah Gonzales / Sara Wilson / Sasaku KusuriyubiSiames Escalante / Sibylline Meynet / Sitji ChouSophie RobinStan ManoukianStas Bashkatov / Stephen Doan / Steeven Salvat / Stewart Easton / Tania YakunovaTarmasz / Thomas Danthony / Tidawan Thaipinnarong / Timba Smits / Uniquelab / Valeriya Volkova / Veronica Park / Victoria Skellan / Veins / Votive / Warwick Johnson Cadwell / Wenting Li / Wenyi Geng / yearsofacademytrainingwasted / 

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Mizna Wada Solo
Dadu Shin Small Solo

January 18 - February 6, 2020

Reception: January 18 / 5 - 8 PM


Solo exhibition: Kowaii Club

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.

New York

Mini show: In the Meantime

Dadu Shin was born and raised in Massachusetts. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD), he moved to New York City and is now working as a freelance illustrator. He has worked for such clients as The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Plansponsor, and Simon & Schuster. 

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Kozy Kitchens Ceramics & Kozyndan


December 13 - January 15, 2020
Reception: December 13th / 6 - 9 PM

Los Angeles, CA / Japan

Kozy Kitchens is a visual artist from Japan, living in Los Angeles over half her life now. Making with clay is a purely joyful experience for her. Her hand built ceramic sculptures and functional objects are playful, often humorous, and influenced by a deep appreciation of animals and the natural world. She also creates drawings, paintings, murals, and other projects under the moniker kozyndan (often along with her husband, Dan).


Kozyndan are husband-and-wife artists who work collaboratively to create obsessively detailed works of art. They work in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. Their works is often revolving around nature and our disconnection/ need for reconnection with the natural world. They are obsessed with the ocean and being underwater and hope to someday come to rest at the bottom of the sea and slowly be devoured by deep creatures over many years.

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