Sequential Art Gallery presents MATTHEW CLARK’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, a retrospective exhibit featuring a large selection of his earliest work in the comic book industry, and will be Clark’s seventh show with Sequential Art. The exhibit opens this Thursday, April 2nd, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS partially chronicles Clark’s path through the comic book industry since he started working as a professional artist in 1999. The collection includes original comic pages from DC, Marvel, and Image, and features widely recognized icons to indie characters with cult followings. Clark had recently rediscovered much of his earlier pages, and felt compelled to exhibit his evolution as an artist as he is preparing to launch a variety of new projects, including a Batman: Arkham Knights comic tie-in.
Clark is a native Oregonian, based in Portland since moving here from Eugene almost 20 years ago. He is a self-taught artist, always striving to evolve by adapting his style to better suit the stories he illustrates. He presently lives in the Everett Station Lofts, where he spends the bulk of his time drawing, catching up on podcasts, and taking Mass Effect breaks. You can see more of his work online at www.MatthewClarkArtist.com.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS will be on display throughout the month of April, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Monday, April 27th.
Sequential Art Gallery reopens for 2015 with “NIGHTMERRIMENT: SNAPSHOT”, a new soft-sculpture installation by M.R. Hopkins. The exhibit opens First Thursday, MARCH 5th with an opening reception from 6pm to 10pm.
According to Hopkins, the monsters of NIGHTMERRIMENT: SHAPSHOT represent our fears, and act as our defenders. They warn that something is watching you, something is wrong, and to not look under the bed for fear of what lurks beneath. Each of Hopkins pieces in this series provides a snapshot into the life of one of his Nightmerriment creatures, giving the view a glimpse as to who they are, what they’re doing or what they’re feeling.
Portland-based Hopkins is a storyteller and world-builder. His imagination is filled with images of various creatures and places, and immediately begins to piece together the fragmented pictures in his head, all the while asking “What is this? Why is it here? What is it doing?” His search for meaning allows him to bridge the image to one another, until the details that make up the lives of his monstrous menagerie fall into place.
Hopkins has a Bachelor of Arts in theatre, with a preference for working behind the scenes to acting. His prop-work for theatre, film, and television productions include “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Robocop” (2014), “Portlandia” (Season 3), “Grimm” (Seasons 1 & 2), and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. He also created education puppet programs for Sesame Street Workshop.
“NIGHTMERRIMENT: SNAPSHOT” will be on display throughout the month of March, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Monday, March 30th.
Sequential Art Gallery presents the art of “Terra Tempo” by Christopher Herndon. The exhibit opens this Thursday, December 4th with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.
Published by Craigmore Creations, ”Terra Tempo” tells the story of three children who, upon unlocking the secret to time travel, journey into the past to witness grand historical events like the great Missoula Floods, or take a tour through the Cretaceous period. Throughout the three volumes, writer David Shapiro, Herndon, and colorist Erica Melville send the book’s time-travelling trio on a multitude of adventures. They visit the not-so-distant past when the Pacific Northwest was home to giant mammoths and saber-toothed cats, witness the beginnings of prehistoric life, and team up with noted historians like Herman Melville, Annie Montague Alexander, and Andrew Carnegie, all while working towards becoming full-fledged Time Explorers.
Herndon has been working in the comics industry for over a decade. He is the co-creator of the acclaimed series “Living With Zombies”, and has professionally drawn a range of subjects from extinct animals, monsters, sassy ladies & cowpokes, and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ”Terra Tempo” is the most recent and herculean of his illustration career, and has provided him with an outlet for his love of science and dinosaurs. Herndon’s work can also be found in
numerous comic books, album covers, games, magazines, children’s books, national parks, and natural history museums.
Herndon’s “Terra Tempo” artwork will be on display throughout the month of December, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2pm-6pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of business on Monday, December 29th.