Nucleus Portland


Kozyndan & Nicole Gustafsson

MARCH 10 - APRIL 4, 2018 

Los Angeles, CA

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.

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.

Bao Pham & Yuka Sakuma


Painter living and making in Iowa, USA.



“Rumination” is a collection of drawings and paintings illustrating scenes of contemplation. The figure in my work are suspended between worlds, captured in that moment of being awake and dreaming, when the mind is free to wonder and create. The noise and clutter from the day are condensed into seeds that sprout into various forms of leaves, flowers, and insects. The complexity of the plants and flora are simplified into colors and forms that I can recognize and build on. They grow into and out of the figure to create flourishing gardens, suggesting that the mind is fertile ground for growth and renewal.


Artist from Nagoya, Japan.


The evening before the big festival, the eve of festival will be held, while the expectations and excitement for tomorrow are the highest.


December 9 - January 11, 2017

It's been 11 years since Gallery Nucleus held its first Unicorn Show, and we are happy to announce that we are bringing this exhibition back! We will explore the folklore, mythology, and beauty of this mystical creature through the work of these artists:

Amy Sol / Alan Brown / Daria Tessler / Huntz Liu / Jeanne D'Angelo / Jason Limon / Joey Stupor / Junko Mizuno / Leo Eguiar / Michael C. Hsiung / Nomi Chi / Oliver Hibert / Rona Liu / Shoko Ishida / Tetsunori / Wendy Hearts

SALUT! II A Coaster Art Exhibition


"Salut" is an expression of friendly feelings used toward one's companions before drinking. In conjunction with our beer bar, hundreds of coaster artwork will be on display in the gallery. We have an outstanding roster of talented artists from near and far. At $50 each, this is a great opportunity to own original art!
Artwork will be for sale during the opening reception, and will also be available to view and purchase online the following day. Cheers!


64 Colors / Alex Chiu / Alfie Berger / Alina Chau / Alison George / Amy Kuttab / Andrew MacLean / APAK / Bagger43 / Becca Stadtlander / Bill Carman / Brett Stenson / Brian Luong / Brooks Salzwedel / Burrito Breath / Caleb Coppock / Chad Eaton / Chris Topper / Chris Youssef / Christian Leon Guerrero / Colin Frangicetto / Cuddly Rigor Mortis / Dadu Shin / Dave MacDowell / Deth P. Sun / Dominic De Venuta / Eliza Ivanova / Elizabeth Haidle / Emily Herr / Erica Williams / Farel Dalrymple / Helen Mask / Helice Wen / Hermann Mejia / Jaime Munoz / Jaya Nicely / Jeannie Lynn Paske / Jeff Sheridan / Jenna Andersen / Jennifer Bouron / Jennifer Ely / Jesse Riggle / Jillian Eveylyn / Jisoo Kim / Joe Schlaud / Joey Stupor / John Malta / Jonathan Edwards / Julie Benbassat / Kala Warman / Ken Garduno / Kenard Pak / Killer Acid / Kit Mizeres / KozynDan / Kristy Kay / Kyle Fewell / Laura Berger / Leonardo Santamaria / Lily Seika Jones / Lindsey Olivares / Lisa Kogawa / Little Friends of Printmaking / Marguerite Sauvage / Matt Gordon / Matt Rockefeller / Mike Schultz / Miranda Tacchia / Miranda Zimmerman / Moneekah / Morgaine Faye / Mtendere "Teebs" Mandowa / Nan Lawson / Naoshi / Natasha Lillipore / Nicole Gustafsson / Nikko de Leon / Rachel Maves / Ricardo Ales / Richie Pope / Ruth Speer / Ryan Bubnis / S.V. Williams / Sabrina Elliott / Samantha Mash / Sandra Yagi / Sarah Soh / Sean Morris / Shin Yeon Moon / Tall Boy / Teagan White / Terrence Gasca / Tess Rubinstein / Timothy Karpinski Jr. / Tina Lugo / Yu Maeda / Yumiko Kayukawa / Zach Oldenkamp / Zoe Persico 

Edward Kinsella III & Stewart Easton Exhibition

October 14 - November 12, 2017

St Louis, Missouri


Edward Kinsella III was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1983. He graduated with honors from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2006, and his work has since been commissioned by a variety of prestigious magazines and publishers. He has also shown his fine art and illustration in a number of gallery exhibitions. His accolades include gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, and a Gold Award from Spectrum.


Creeps represents Edward Kinsella’s journey deeper into paranormal themes. Drawing on multiple visual and literary sources, Edward creates pieces that mix a peculiar visual hodgepodge with a lifelong fascination with the paranormal. Creeps celebrates the strange, the unusual, and the things that go bump in the night.


London, United Kingdom

Breaking the traditional boundaries of craft, Stewart Francis Easton’s work fuses together hand embroidery, sonic art and music. Drawing upon and using folk song, story and social history as a starting point Easton works with the space and weight of story to create large scale wall based pieces which emphasise the passage of time within a single panel. These pieces vary in size and medium and can be drawn with hand embroidery, direct wall drawing or paint. Whichever medium is used Easton emphasises the need to create using the hand as it is in this process that a connection is made with the story allowing a slowing down and immersion in the moment. Most recently Easton has been removing the ‘storyline’ of a visual narrative by creating geometric/ graphic forms in stitch. This reassembling of his work ethic in a chance layout enables the viewer to be free of their preconceptions of story. Using a process of abstract minimal stitch he is enabling himself to create a visual reference to an ever changing pathway and reaching for a utopian form. Easton’s stitch work blurs the lines between craft, illustration and fine art making his work dynamic and progressive and a must see. Stewart Francis Easton is a visual storyteller based in London who works in thread, ink, paint and digital media.


The Glass Bead Game is Easton's exploration into the fictional Castalian order of mind, spirit and the artistic life. 

Drawing upon the major elements and characters from Hesse's great work Easton has fused together and created a depiction of a fantastical world of spirit and art.

Using a contemplative approach in the creation of each of the works he has allowed a space to develop within the journey of their creation. This space gives the viewer a glimpse into the artistic life and the possibilities available to us when we not only look at a work, but meditate upon it. 

1 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition

September 16 - October 12, 2017

We just turned 1-year old, and we are excited to be celebrating with a spectacular artist line-up for our Anniversary Group exhibition!

If you are in Portland, please join us for snacks, pizza and giveaways by Sizzle Pie and Scout Books. We hope to see you there!


Bijou Karman: A Look


August 19 - September 14, 2017

Los Angeles, CA

A Look presents a new body of work by Bijou Karman where an ideal world is depicted in vibrant colors and over-the-top fashion. Karman’s women are beautiful, strong individuals. They invite the viewer to gaze, but do not hesitate to look back. Details in each piece signify who the woman is, what she wants, and how she sees the viewer. Their unique fashions derive from real clothing, yet the women and their surroundings are imagined. This creates a satisfying tension between a realistic depiction and an overly-perfect designed world. Foliage, greenery and houseplants are a recurring theme in this body of work; a visual representation of the untamable woman. A domestic houseplant can be manicured, but ultimately it will grow as it pleases.

Artist Bio:

Bijou Karman is an artist and illustrator from Los Angeles. She graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in 2014.  As an illustrator she has worked with clients such as Harper's Bazaar, The Los Angeles Times, and Rihanna.  Her paintings are inspired by unique women, nostalgia, flora, and the California landscape.  In this body of work, fashion becomes a way to express the distinct personalities of her subjects. 

Boris Pelcer & Julian Callos Exhibition

JULY 22 - AUG 17, 2017

Milwaukee, WI

Boris Pelcer (b. 1985, Sarajevo, Bosnia) is an independent artist and illustrator based out of Milwaukee, WI, USA. He divides his time between working on his personal projects and commercial commissions. The driving force behind his personal work is his desire to visually explore and capture that something which resides beyond comprehension, symbolic language and this material world. It is his way of contemplating the intangible facets of this human condition. His commercial work includes various projects he has worked on for clients such as: The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times, Time, Variety, Amazon, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Village Voice, Texas Monthly, Guitar World, Backchannel, Little White Lies, Women's Health, Nike, Converse, Pitchfork. His work has been recognized by both Society of Illustrators and American Illustration.


Boris Pelcer’s new body of work “Reverie” is a visual experiment involving a voluntary confrontation with the unconscious through willful engagement with his own imagination and fantasy. In essence, each pieces is shaped by the rich and symbolic narratives that are brought forth from the unconscious. Being that each piece is shaped by the unconscious means that they are paradoxical in nature; they simultaneously say a great deal about the artist’s psyche while being difficult to decipher. The meaning that he is able to extract from each image is based on the overarching concepts that surface during the creation of each piece. Ultimately, the artist’s decision to deliberately evoke fantasy in a waking state is an effort by the artist to overcome the frequently cumbersome nature of conceptual overthinking in order to create work that is a more authentic representation of his own psyche.


Los Angeles, CA

Julian Callos is an illustrator and gallery artist based in Los Angeles. He graduated from Otis College of Art & Design in 2009 and has since worked with a diverse roster of clients that includes The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Republic, and Chipotle. His illustration work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries across the US and abroad. Julian has explored a wide variety of subjects in his work, which can range from lighthearted takes on popular culture to darker, symbolism-filled narratives. He is continuously fascinated by nature, folklore, death, and the allure of the unknown.


"Every once in a while I will be struck by a wave of longing or an ambiguous feeling of wistfulness; a vague nostalgia triggered by certain stimuli—a whiff of a familiar fragrance worn by a passing stranger; the song of a mockingbird. The stimuli are not really tied to specific memories, but to a hazy, dreamlike past only accessible through the evocation of the senses. This show seeks to capture the melancholy and serenity that is elicited by these particular sensations."

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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