Nucleus Portland


Maxwell McMaster Solo Exhibition

JUNE 24 - JULY 20, 2017

Los Angeles, CA

Maxwell McMaster's new body of work "Cherish the Day" is a reflection of past events and possible future ones that highlight the “good times” in our lives. Life is a short journey and our time here is limited. “Cherish the Day” explores moments that inspire us and make us feel alive. The work is brought to life abstractly to capture the feeling of a moment rather than a literal depiction. By overlapping moments on top of one another, Max's paintings are depicted through color, and texture the changing of scenes over the course of a day. The images serve as a reminder that life is beautiful and each day is a gift.

Artist Bio:

Maxwell McMaster is a Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist/designer. His work is primarily a reaction to his surrounding environment, or a reflection of past experiences.  Maxwell explores a wide range of styles and techniques within his work, allowing the concepts to dictate the aesthetic.


Timothy Lamb: God, Savage and the Amazon

February 25- March 23, 2017

Los Angeles, CA

Timothy Lamb’s debut solo exhibition imagines a glimpse into a vibrant parallel universe where chaotic scenes of war and leisure play out a familiar and timeless existence. In settings of neither past nor future, figures fill the canvas engaged in savage civil wars, ritualism, and dangerous encounters with the untamed wild. Inspirations include a life-long obsession of dinosaurs, religious art, comics, and science-fiction, and the art of battles preserved in many ancient civilizations. The artist works with acrylic paint, using a Paasche airbrush and neons to bring a panoply of faux beings and civilizations to life. Contrasting the darker themes of his paintings is always a sliver of playfulness, bringing a sense of humor to otherwise chaotic and morose subjects. Unfortunately, there is a sense that the colorful beings of Lamb’s paintings seem tragically doomed to realize the same fate of violence and flaws of human behavior that we see in our world today.

Artist Bio:
Timothy Lamb is a Los Angeles based artist recognized for his achievements for his work in the animation industry over the last decade. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco before entering into animation art in the capacities of art direction, visual development and character design.


Alex Beck:
What Was I Scared Of?

January 21 - February 23, 2017

Richmond, Virginia

When I was young, my mother read a story to me. It was Dr. Seuss’ What Was I Scared of...and I was terrified. Partly inspired by his ghostly “Pale Green Pants” —eerily taking shape with nothing inside or no one wearing them— this show explores attitudes of a similarly strange concept: seeing fabric or paper as a malleable ‘skin’. These paintings follow that idea and either complete or take a subject’s form.

Fear is familiar and relatable to everyone, but hope is often absent in our lives. However, this collection is an effort to lighten what’s fearful: to play with an otherworldly horror, poke fun and laugh at fear, focus on its overlooked awkwardness, call attention to its absurdity in form and appearance, and thusly find hope.

Artist Bio:
Alex Beck is an award-winning painter and illustrator who maintains a studio in Richmond, Virginia. Known for his uncommonly versatile work in oil, acrylic, and gouache, he's had his images appear in S Moda, The Paris Exchange, Whurk Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual #19, Creative Quarterly, and showcased at the both the LA & NY Society of Illustrators.

Previous to his fine art career, Beck’s work experience includes working as a concept/production artist for the Oscar/Emmy-winning animation house, Moonbot Studios and production work for Myachi Entertainment, The Design Center, and Tervis Tumbler.

Beck was formally trained at Ringling College of Art and Design. He also expanded his training at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, The Masters Class at Amherst, Massachusetts, and The Art League of Alexandria, Virginia where he has previously been a teacher.

Kane Kokaris Solo Exhibition: Empyrean

December 17 - January 18, 2017

Gold Coast, Australia

Animals find solace in an imaginative haven now void of human impact. They have formed complex social structures amongst an entirely cohesive landscape.

A world now on the road to rehabilitation accommodates a rediscovered sense of spirituality once hidden in hallowed symbolism. Revelations of creature characteristics are unveiled to an audience of human onlookers.

Empyrean is a glimpse into a visual narrative that encapsulates the harmoniousness of nature.

Artist Bio:

Kane Kokaris is a self taught artist from Gold Coast, Australia. His paintings are imaginative, stylised and often dark. Influences vary from nature and wildlife, to tattoo culture. He looks to partially tell a story within each composition, giving creatures a dreamlike world of their own. Although most tales are seemingly ill-fated, capturing the beauty in the darkest of moments is his main desire. Exposing viewers to images which evoke their own symbolic meaning and encourage them to let their imagination run free.


Stephanie Brown Solo Exhibition: Breeding Season

November 12 - December 15, 2016

Chicago, IL

Using traditions in natural history illustration, this new body of work by Stephanie Brown explores the hierarchy of natural selection in both real and imagined scenes. These sacred animal rituals exist in our perceivable realm, often unseen - but when the curtain is peeled back, the subjects symbolically articulate human desire, anxiety and fear.

The luxuriant plumages and brilliant shows of color attract our eye, but also reveal the subjects in their most fertile, vulnerable and desperate state - revealing themselves to both partners and predators.  The undercurrent of survival drives the most reptilian processes in every organism - to consume and to propagate. The spaces where these processes intersect reveal the relationships in the larger ecosystem that frequently cross paths with complex human interest.


Artist Bio:
Stephanie Brown is a multidisciplinary artist, in both traditional mediums and the art of tattooing.  Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked with the artist-in-residence at the Field Museum in Chicago - which gave an inside look to both natural history collections, and the applied arts surrounding them, both of which inspire the subjects and application of her work.

Nucleus Portland Grand Opening

October 8, 2016

Nucleus Portland is pleased to announce our gallery opening in SE Portland. You are invited to come celebrate creativity and have fun! We will celebrate our Grand Opening with a coaster art exhibition called “Salut!” You are invited to join us for this special opening night reception from 6:00pm - 10:00pm.

Highlights include: Exclusive limited edition print release by Timber! Local craft beers on tap with special guest brewery, Great Notion. Complimentary celebratory treats and nuts by Albina City Nuts, and more.

SALUT! A Coaster Art Exhibition

October 8, 2016 - November 8, 2016

Our Grand Opening exhibit will be an entertaining show called "Salut!” spotlighting the relationship of art and beer. 100+ artists will be exhibiting their work on high-quality, durable 4-inch coasters. Each one-of-a-kind art piece will be priced at $50We think you’ll be pleased to see how each artist approached their “canvas” in unique and fun ways. At the same time, we hope you will enjoy the local beers we have on tap.

You are invited to join us at our grand opening reception on
October 8th, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. 

Alex Despain
Alice Lee
Alice Yang
Alison George
Andrea Lauren
Andrew Chuani Ho
Ashly Lovett
Avalon Nuovo
Betsy Walton
Becca Barnet
Brendan Monroe
Catherine Ho
Corinne Reid
Cuddly Rigor Mortis
David Aguado
Drug Factory Press
Ellen Surrey
Eric Reigert
Evah Fan
Francesca Buchko
Francis Vallejo
Guno Park
Helice Wen
Hey, It’s Meu

Jackson Dryden
Jaime Zollars
Jason Sturgill
Jaya Nicely
Jeannie Lynn Paske
Jen Bartel
Jen Tong
Jenn Tran
Jennifer Ely
Jeremy Costello
Jesse Ledoux
Jesse Riggle
Jessica Roux
Jon Klassen
Jon Lau
Joshua Budich
Joshua Minnich
Kate O’Hara
Keiko Brodeur
Kenard Pak
Kim Peterson
Kim Sielbeck
Lily Padula
Kora C.
Kristina Collantes
Leonard Peng

Leonardo Santamaria
Llew Mejia
Loris Lara
Madison Erin Mayfield
Maggie Chiang
Maggie Ivy
Mari Inukai
Matt Gordon
Matt Forsythe
Matt Rockefeller
Maxwell McMaster
Meg Hunt
Melissa Kojima
Mike Lowery
Mike Schultz
Molly Mendoza
Molly Walsh
Natalie Hall
Nellie Le
Niall Grant
Nicole Gustafsson
Owen Freeman
Pam Wishbow 
Peter Chan
Philipp Zurmole 

Richie Pope
Ryan Berkley
Sabrina Elliott
Sashiko Yuen
Sally Deng
Shinyeon Moon
Sleepy Jess!
Spencer Mann
Sylvia Liu
Sashiko Yuen
Tess Rubinstein
Tiffany Le
Tuesday Bassen
Varsam Kurnia
Veronica Fish
Yellena Bryskenkova
Yellena James
Yohey Horishita
Yumiko Kayukawa
Zane Yarbrough
...and more!

Special thanks to:
TIMBER!, Albina City Nuts, Great Notion Brewing, and B&G House of Printing



August 20 - September 28, 2016

 Arresting in its body of water to land, the coast is welcoming and at times waves a farewell. The separation of boundaries is where we connect when reaching our destination from coast to coast. This exhibit is the physical and spiritual representation of what this means to these five artists.



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