July 28, 2015
by Merrick Monroe
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NEW PAINTINGS by ALEX “itsajackal” RODRIGUEZ

Sequential Art Gallery presents an exhibit of brand new work by returning artist ALEX “itsajackal” RODRIGUEZ. The exhibit opens this Thursday, August 6th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

Rodriguez has been spending the past few years honing his skill, continuing to create illustrations and paintings from his own photographs, often featuring beautiful women in his signature style. For this exhibit, Rodriguez’s paintings focus largely on his Portland-based friends. “I’ve met some amazing people here,” says Rodriguez. “I hope their personalities show in the drawings and paintings. From their quirkiness to their sexuality and the bits in between.”

Cuban-born & Miami-raised Rodriguez is a freelance graphic artist, currently living in Seattle. He says his chief artistic inspiration is Andrew Wyeth, specifically Wyeth’s “The Helga Pictures” series. He also counts John Singer Sargeant, Mike Mignola, Phil Hale, and Hiroaki Samura as being highly influential to his work. By his own admission, Rodriguez has a significant addiction to Barq’s Root Beer. View more of Alex’s art online here: http://itsajackal.tumblr.com/

The itsajackal exhibit will be on display throughout the month of August, 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 Saturday, August 29th.

July 1, 2015
by Merrick Monroe
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MUNCHIES, an exhibit of new works by JESSICA OLINGER

Sequential Art Gallery presents “Munchies,” an exhibit featuring illustrations of body positive and pot-friendly women by local artist Jessica Olinger. The show opens Thursday, July 2nd with an artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

“Munchies” commemorates the legalization of marijuana this month in the state of Oregon. As an artist faced with issues of body-image and pain management as an OMMP, Olinger celebrates stoned ladies of all shapes and sizes. As the body-positive movement bolsters and marijuana use becomes socially acceptable, Olinger hopes to inspire those to love themselves without the fear of being stigmatized. Through her watercolor illustrations, mini-comics and coloring book, Olinger shows that everyone is sexy despite social constructs.

Olinger is a library attendant, freelance artist and volunteer at Sequential Art Gallery. Raised in the rural desert of eastern Washington, Jessica has enjoyed  living in Portland for nearly a decade.  As a student of comic studies and visual rhetoric, Jessica will set sail to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Dundee in Scotland in the fall of 2016. You can follow her artistic and academic endeavours at WednesdayDoodles.Blogspot.com

“Munchies” will be on display throughout the month of July, with gallery hours on Monday’s 2-6pm, Saturday’s 11-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close Saturday, August 1st.

June 1, 2015
by Kaebel JK Hashitani
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DEAR SKIN – CHAPTER ONE, sequential paintings by GRACE PASSEROTTI

Sequential Art Gallery presents “DEAR SKIN – CHAPTER ONE”, an exhibit of brand new work by GRACE PASSEROTTI. The exhibit opens this Thursday, June 4th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

Passerotti began “Dear Skin”, her first foray into long-form sequential art, as a webcomic about five years ago. She wrote and illustrated 150 pages of the black & white tale before taking an unplanned hiatus from the story. But she remained passionate about the concepts & ideas she was exploring in the story; So much so that she had the words “Dear Skin” tattooed on her chest. When exploring ideas about what to exhibit for her gallery show, Passerotti decided on a rather ambitious revisit of “Dear Skin”. Not content with her original pages from the story, Passerotti has completed the first 30-page chapter in full color gouache paintings for her show. Additionally, she will be publishing the comic online following the opening night for the exhibit: dearskincomic.com

Passerotti is a freelance artist living in Portland, Oregon, having relocated here with art school friends from Ohio. With a year of art school under her belt, she continues her self-guided art education, currently focusing on figure drawing and working with gouache. Passerotti is extremely prolific, often completing a painting from concept to finished piece within a day, which she often documents using social media. In addition to continuing “Dear Skin”, Passerotti is looking forward to studying oil painting and three-dimensional mediums. You can see more of her work at gracepasserotti.com and on Instagram: @gracepasserotti.

DEAR SKIN – CHAPTER ONE will be on display throughout the month of June, 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 Saturday, June 27th.