Nucleus Welcomes Olivia February 5th

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche." Words spoken by Marie Antoinette, when translated meaning "Let them eat cake."

Unlike the insensibly uttered words blurted out by a "great princess", Olivia De Berardinis' "Let Them Eat Cheesecake" graces the art world over three centuries later. And Saturday, February 5, 2011, Olivia, a REAL "grande princesse d'art," will be honoring Nucleus by participating in an exclusive book signing at the gallery's Poster Peepshow: The Art of Pin-Up. The event will be from 7 pm to 11 pm and la princesse will be signing copies of her books between 6 pm and 7 pm. All are welcome and yes, we will let you eat cake! To learn more about the signing click here.


Peepshow Spotlight: Dean Yeagle

Dean Yeagle | Décolletage | Graphite, gouache, ink on pastel paper | 20" x 25"

The amazing Dean Yeagle has been in animation all of his life, even forming his own production company.  He also regularly contributes cartoons to Playboy Magazine and has published a number of books showcasing his beloved character Mandy whom he considers to embody all of the traits of a classic pin up girl paired with the liveliness and personality the artist has learned to inject into his animated characters throughout the years.  Mandy is the product of two of Yeagle's passions in life....animation and beautiful women! It is hard not to be captivated by Mandy's charm and innocent flirtatiousness.

The above piece depicting Mandy is one of two works the artist is contributing to Poster Peepshow.  Meet the artist at the opening.


Oh No! Coyote in the City

Everyone, meet Coyote.  He really DOES mean well and is merely searching for food, but oftentimes people mistake him to be wreaking havoc in the city, stopping traffic, and bumping over a building or two.  At times, he seems almost translucent as he is quick on his feet and quite difficult to spot.  All he really wants is a loving home, maybe he can find one with you?

This new image is from the cleverly charming mind of artist JooHee Yoon.  The image won a silver award in the 49th Annual Society of Illustrators West competition.  Now it is available as a giclée print here


Classic Pin Up: Lovely Ladies on Display!

I've been telling everyone I see how excited I am to have some classic pin up work dating back to the 1930s featured in our upcoming Poster Peepshow exhibit.  Without a doubt, Rolf Armstrong is considered to be among the best "pin-up" artist dating pre WWII.  We will be featuring his portrait of silent film star Evelyn Brent (see here).

Also on display, we will have work by Al Buell (pictured above) and the this fantastic piece by K.O. Munson dating back to the late 40s.  Poster Peepshow opens on Saturday, Feb 5th with our special guests actress Julie Newmar and glamour girl Lenora Claire.



Peepshow Spotlight: Rockin' Jelly Bean

Gallery Nucleus welcomes internationally-renown artist Rockin’ Jelly Bean for the upcoming Poster Peepshow Exhibition.

Based in Japan, Rockin’ Jelly Bean is well-known for his stylized renditions of the American pin-up girl. Reminiscent to old grindhouse movie posters, the color-saturated art of RJB typically portrays themes of erotica and exploitation. His sexually-charged images combine cute girls with rock ‘n’ roll, horror, and science fiction elements. RJB initially draws his voluptuous females in pencil, and then digitally paints them with soft skin textures and dark, bold outlines for a strong, graphic appearance. For more information about Rockin' Jelly Bean and his art, click here.

In addition to artwork on display, Rockin’ Jelly Bean will have prints and other merchandise available during the run of the exhibit. Don’t miss it!


Spectrum 18 Deadline this Friday!

Just a heads up that the deadline for Spectrum 18 is this Friday.  For those new to Spectrum, the annual juried publication was created as a direct reaction to the lack of attention and respect afforded to the creators of fantastic art. Learn more about the submission details here

It's not too late to submit so long as your submission is postmarked by the 28th.

The image above was created by artist Bill Carman to promote this year's Call for Entries.  See more of Carman's work featured at Gallery Nucleus here


Laurel Nakadate: Only the Lonely

Don't You Want Somebody To Love You?, Laurel Nakadate, 2006

For all of you in New York don't miss out on your opportunity to check out Laurel Nakadate's first major solo exhibit at MoMA PS1. Here's an excerpt from the PS1 site.  

"Laurel Nakadate is known for her works in video, photography, and feature-length film. This is Nakadate's first large-scale museum exhibition and will feature works made over the last ten years in all three media, including her early video works, in which she was invited into the homes of anonymous men to dance, pose, or even play dead in their kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms."

This really is a rare opportunity to see catch the first exhibit for a soon-to-be very influential photographer/video/performance artist. One of the most daring female artists Nakadate invites herself into the spaces of strangers to engage with them in an awkward, banal yet variably sympathetic way.  The work reinterprets the social boundaries and exities that still encroach on gender. Her body of work is a investigative study on voyeurism, loneliness and the use of photography/video as modes of social interaction.  

On exhibition is on from January 23, 2011 - August 8, 2011. The reception will take place Sunday, January 23rd between 12:00 and 6:00pm EST.  Should you miss out on your opportunity to meet the artist she will be doing a discussion of her work in conjunction with her solo at MoMA on January 31, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Also check out her feature film Stay the Same, Never Change (2009)


Worth the Long Wait: New Robert Fawcett Book

Great news, we've just received the new Robert Fawcett: The Illustrator's Illustrator.  The book is certainly worth the long wait and does justice to the artist's work with over 180 pages plus a foldout.  It features over one hundred color illustrations and numerous black and white drawings that have mostly been long out of circulation.  The book also includes an introduction by art historian Walt Reed who knew the artist personally.  Purchase yours here

Best of all, the 12 Fawcett Sherlock Holmes illustrations will be together in a book for the first time, some taken from the original paintings!

We have an original Robert Fawcett available here


Newly Released: "Camping" T-Shirt

We've been working with a number of artists to release new t-shirt designs in the coming months.  We are pleased to release this lovable new design by artist Jing Wei available in both womens and mens

For a limited time, we are offering this new release for only $11.95!




Illustration West Exhibit Opens Tonight!

We are putting the finishing touches on the 49th Annual Illustration West Exhibit opening tonight at 7pm.  We hope that you can join us.  Most members from the Society as well as contributing artists will be present.  It is also a good opportunity for artists to meet talent seekers.

Below are a few highlights from the exhibit...

Vince Natale | Life After Death | Oil on wood | 15" x 10" | $1750

Sunny Gu | Sakura | Watercolor | 15" x 11" | $600

Emiliano Ponzi | Regrets | Digital print | 10" x 8" | $60

So Youn Lee | The Snake | Pen & ink | 11" x 9" | $600

Jason John | The Big Fix | Oil on linen | 10" x 10" | $1800


Brooks Salzwedel's Held Up

Brooks Salzwedel creates sublime images of nature and industrial development co-existing. Creating an eerie, ethereal tension between the two, while challenging notions of beauty and destruction. Nucleus is pleased to release this limited edition giclée reproduction of 50 signed and number by the artist.

View close-up shots here

View the artist's original work featured at Nucleus here


Introducing...Illustrated Type!

We're thrilled to announce our typography show set to open on May 14th!

Illustrated Type invites a dazzling array of trailblazing artists and designers to interpret the alphabet through hand drawn letterforms and experimental typography. We can't wait to share what these illustrators, graphic designers, sculptors, printmakers, and painters have in store!

Many thanks to talented designer and illustrator Jessica Hische for allowing us to use her beautiful letter! Visit her website Daily Drop Cap for more typographic gems "posted to prettify the internet and beautify your blog posts." And if you haven't already, check out and contribute to letterPLAYGROUND, a place to play with letters.

As May draws near, be sure to frequent our event page for additions to the artist roster, exciting sneak peeks, and show specials!


New Paintings By James Jean

James Jean has a few new paintings, that are looking pretty interesting. It seems that Jean is incorporating the use of registers while continuing his use of surrealist subject matter.  However, the color palette in his recent paintings appears more monochromatic and even synthetic.  Heavy yellows and the use of utilitarian imagery make this piece a bit of a detour from his interests in cherubs or pagan iconography. 

found at booooooom


Susan Philipsz, Some Things You Should Know

Lots of buzz around the art world for Glasgow native, Susan Philipsz who was awarded the 2010 Turner Prize in December. This Scottish artist known for her sound installations in urban infrastructure and interiors of architecture has had quite the career in the last decade.  Having exhibited at the Melbourne International Biennial in 1999, Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana in 2000, the Tirana Biennial in 2001, at Triennal of British Art at Tate Britain in 2003, the 16th Biennale of Sydney in 2008, and at the 55th Carnegie International in 2009, her work is internationally accredited. One of her most recent projects was a commission to install at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  

Philipsz' work deals primarily with the integration of sound and space through song.  The gestures of sounds that Philipsz uses in her work range from pop culture, Scottish traditional music, to ambient rhythms. Philipsz herself sings the melodies that drone throughout her installations drawing upon her taste and  background to instate her presence throughout the piece. Upon entering her work, viewers are enticed to interact with the space in hopes of an advent of a climax. Yet, I do not interpret the sound from Philipsz installations as necessarily pertinent to the visual environment or even the melodies of her song.  For me, I come to realize that sound in this case song, imperatively depend on the acoustics of the space.  I enjoy the way Philipsz songs interact with the physicality of the forum. It is in this work where the viewer, rather, the listener understands the properties of sound the incessancy of reverberation and audio abstraction in its container.

Here's a video of one of her installations:


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