Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series
Exhibit: October 6 - 28, 2017

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Selected Artists include:
Ciara Barsotti, Tom Bolles, Harvey Brody, Kristen Brown, Reggie Davis, Nina Fabunmi, Elizabeth Geisler, Anthony Hall, Andre Hart, Christine Huhn, Greg Martin, Teresa "Trajan" Martin, Chloe Meyer, Lauren Szabo

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series is a search to discover the best emerging visual artists from North America. Come discover artwork from the best emerging artists in your area while enjoying a cocktail or two. VOTE for your favorite artist to advance to the final round for the Grand Prize, visit:


Tea Roots and Joyce Gordon Gallery is inviting visual artists to submit work that is broadly related to the theme of migration. The 2017 exhibit “Mygration” will be on view from November 3 - November 25, 2017 at Joyce Gordon Gallery in downtown Oakland. We are searching for artists whose work explores various meanings and implications of migrating people or other living members of the planet moving from one place to another with the intention of resettling and seeking better lives, or better means of livelihood. Finalists will be featured at Joyce Gordon Gallery and semifinalists will be featured in our online exhibition, along with the finalists.

JURORS: David Pang (TeaRoots, E.D.), Nghi Phan (TeaRoots, Chief Curator), Lordy Rodriguez (Featured Artist), Melorra Green (Artist/Curator)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Call is open to all visual artforms including painting, photography-based work, drawing, sculpture, installation and video. In addition, poets and spoken word artists will be selected to present their work in response to the exhibit.

Submission deadline is Saturday, September 23, 2017 by 10:59pm. Entry form and detailed submission guidelines can be found at:

featuring new works by Chukes
August 4 - September 30, 2017
Closing Reception: Friday, September 29th 6-9pm featuring live Jazz Ensemble. Stayed tuned for more updates

Joyce Gordon Gallery is proud to present a new body of work titled "Identity Theft" from the renowned artist Chukes.

"Identity Theft" is a very personal statement for Chukes. He began creating these pieces at the beginning of 2017 to protest the televised killings of Black people and people of color here in America and through out the world. Chukes states, "This work is a learning tool designed to confront the negative stereotypes plaguing Black people and people of color and challenge the misconceptions that lead to self-hatred and genocide.

Chukes is a native of Northern California he received his BFA from The California College of Arts and Crafts and later moved to Southern California where he now lives, and received his MFA from the prestigious Claremont Graduate University. Chukes art has been featured in the White House. He has also in the collection of Nobel Piece Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Actress CCH Pounder and famed art collectors, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey to name a few. Chukes works have been published in countless magazine including O, The Oprah Magazine, Ebony and Essence magazines, as well as books and films.

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“Mood City:" Photography by Philip Hennen
Exhibit dates: May 5 – July 1, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, June 2nd, 6-9pm (Talk 7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, “Mood City,” a photographic view of the Bay Area through the artistic lens of Philip Hennen.

Philip Hennen’s photographic art is rooted in urban reality, but a reality with wings. It is his personal way to define and clarify the world around him. The idea for his photography series “Mood City” comes out of this need for clarity, but narrowed down to the people and places closest to him.

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Wendy Kendrick, Jenita Landrum, Ruth Maclin, LaTosha Matthews

Exhibit dates: March 3 – April 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3rd 6-9pm
Drawing Workshop:
Saturday, March 4th 2-4pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 4th 6pm

Women’s Month Poetry w/ Lyrical Opposition: Saturday, March 18th 6-9pm (program start at 7pm)
Women’s Musical Group: Friday, March 24th 6-8pm

Sistah's Let's Talk hosted by Barbara Howard: Thursday, March 23rd 6 -9pm. Sistah's getting together to have real conversations around Sistahhood and healing circle.

Phenomenal Woman: Friday, March 31st 6pm to 9pm. A celebration of the lives of phenomenal women. Both events are moderatored by Barbara Howard aka Sistah B Mellow from The Eyes of the Conscious Soul and catered by Wendy'Cheesecake Le'Royalty Ladies Catering Service

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, “#[UN]DEFINED VISIBLE/INVISIBLE BLACK WOMAN,” a traveling exhibit by four women artist whose body of work explores iconography, time, inclusion and exclusion of the black female image.

“#[UN]DEFINED VISIBLE/INVISIBLE BLACK WOMAN,” is inspired by Phoenix Arizona artist, Jenita Landrum. The mixed media exhibit examines a world where black women are visible and yet invisible in some ways through the eyes of four women artists from across the country. Each artist, Ruth Maclin, Wendy Kendrick, LaTosha Matthews and Jenita Landrum created bodies of work that expresses their views, experiences or feelings of visual/invisibility through metaphorical, allegorical and spiritual presence.

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"Mali: Keeper of Memories"
Photography by Michael Johnson

Opening Reception & Artist Talk:
Friday, February 3rd 6-9pm (Talk 7pm)
Closing Reception:
Thursday, February 23rd 6-8pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, “Mali: Keeper of Memories,” a recent photographic look at life in the Republic of Mali, the 8th largest country in Africa by photographer, Michael Johnson.

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Black Artists on Art: The Origins
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6th 6-9pm
Curated by: Unity Lewis featuring a collection by Dr. Samella Lewis featuring works by Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Dr. Samella Lewis and more

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, “Black Artists on Art: The Origins,” featuring iconic African American fine artists, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, and Dr. Samella Lewis - America’s leading historian of black fine art.

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Photography by Jim Dennis
With Celebrity Makeup Artist Meko White
When: December 3, 2016 – 1-4pm

Its that time again! Have your portrait taken for the holiday by renown Bay Area photographer, Jim Dennis at Joyce Gordon Gallery with celebrity makeup artist
Meko White: Portrait Session $150 per person | Each Session is approximately 20mins to 30mins

Reserve your session here: www.Eventbrite.comOr make check payable to: Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St., Oakland, CA. 94612, then email to confirm your reservation time.

The Art of Aziz Diagne
When: November 4 – January 28, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, November 4th 6-9pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “The Art of Aziz Diagne” a collection of Theissoise paintings and multimedia works by Senegal born artist, Aziz Diagne. Click on our event page for more info.


“The Point is…2.0”
Artwork in honor of The Black Panther Party’s 50th Anniversary

When: October 7 – October 29th, 2016

Emory Douglas and the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC)

OMAC artists include: Tarika Lewis, Akinsanya Kambon, Ducho Dennis, Duane Deterville, Rage Souljah, Chris Herod, Refa One

Opening Reception & Artist Talk: October 7th 6-9pm

Poets of the Oakland Maroons, Sista Kujichagulia, Poet, musician, educator & Tureeda Mikellk. Also featured will be the Youth Poetry Spoken Word Group, Young, Gifted & Black w/ guest dj Davey D.

Panel Discussion f/ Emory Douglass & other BPP member artists: Saturday, October 8th 12-2:30pm

Black Panther Party Ten Point Program Children’s Coloring Book Day: Saturday, October 22nd 12 – 4pm

Panel Discussion: “Where Do We Go From Here?” feat/ Oakland Maroons Art Collective Members: Thursday, October 27th 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 29th 6-8pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery in collaboration with OMAC presents “The Point Is…2.0” a group exhibit honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party with a focus on their most emulated and yet forgotten 10 Point program and it relevance in the 21st Century.

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When: SEPTEMBER 2 - OCTOBER 1, 2016
Opening Reception & Artist Talk:
Friday, September 2nd 6-9pm
(Artist Talk 7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery celebrates its 13th Anniversary with "Artmatism and Geometric Abstraction," with renowned Oakland-based painter Bill Dallas and sculptor John Whitehead.

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Photography by Jim Dennis

When: August 5 - August 27, 2016
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, August 5th 6-9pm
(Artist Talk 7pm) - Includes Raffle to support JGFA

Jim Dennis' Birthday Celebration August 18th 6 - 11pm
Gallery Tour 6-7pm

Celebration at Geoffrey's InnerCircle
410 14th St, Oakland 7-11pm
Featuring an extended music collection

Closing Reception: August 27th 1-4pm
Portrait Session w/ Makeup Artist

Sign up to have your portrait taken by renown Bay Area photographer, Jim Dennis here at Joyce Gordon Gallery along with celebrity makeup artist Meko White |

Portrait Session $150 per person | Each Sessions are approximately 20mins to 30mins

Click here to reserve your portrait session Joyce Gordon Gallery presents "50 Years In A Flash," a retrospective of photography including portraits, nudes, music, flowers and landscapes by renowned Bay Area photographer Jim Dennis. "50 Years In a Flash" captures an array of moments throughout Jim Dennis' image making career. Such works include portraits ranging from famed musicians such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Handy, Faye Carol; dignitaries include the Dali Lama, former S.F. Mayor Willie Brown to celebrated locals. His color and black and white nude portraits are perhaps his most recognized and praised work. Also featured in this exhibit is a KTOP documentary interview "A Glimpse Into Jim Dennis." Later in the month we celebrate Jim Dennis' day of birth with an hour exhibition tour in the gallery followed by an extended version of his jazz and music collection at Geoffrey's InnerCircle including live music and food. The exhibit culminates in a paid photo session where the public is invited to have their portraits taken in the gallery by Jim Dennis.

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Harlem Comes to Geoffrey's

When: Saturday July 30th, 2016

It's not a party, it's a production!!! Join us on Saturday, July 30th 7pm to Midnight as we celebrate Joyce Gordon's 70th Birthday.
The evening of events will include a Burlesque Dance Troup followed by a viewing of Dexter Gordon's film, "Round Midnight" served with Chicken and Waffles.
Tickets $70 | Doors open | 7:00pm
M.C. Julian Carroll | Live Band w/ Calvin Keys and Company | 7:30pm
Burlesque Dance performances feat/Ashanti Altovese & Melissa Crago

Film 9:30pm | Dexter Gordon's "Round Midnight" | served chicken & waffles | Remarks | DJ & Dancing | 11pm til am
purchased tickets before July 15th | Seating limited | search for Minutes to Midnight | 510.465.8928

Location: Geoffrey's InnerCircle
410 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612
Tickets or Donation | $70

Proceeds will go to support Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts, a nonprofit cultural resource for Oakland and the Bay area community. Committed to the development of artist and enriching the cultural landscape by engaging a diverse group (emerging artist, seniors, veterans, those with disabilities) to dream and work together to bring about positive change while building community.

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Peace Within Chaos: The Balance of Flowers

When: June 3 – July 30th, 2016
Opening Reception: June 3rd 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, July 8th 6-9pm

2nd Saturdays Watercolor Workshops:
June 11th 12-2pm
July 9th 12-2pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, “Peace Within Chaos: The Balance of Flowers,” a botanical tale of peace presented in sublime balance with nature and the universe by Oakland artist, Kevin Woodson.

Peace Within Chaos at Joyce Gordon Gallery represents a collection of work that steps outside the expectations and constraints flower fans, gardeners, and the art world has put on them. Artist, Kevin Woodson painted his “Peace Within Chaos” series in gardens, but the paintings go beyond the garden walls, illuminating the flowers’ lessons in balance. In this collection, his plein air botanical watercolors often painted in the Oakland Gardens are seen in the form of cultural memes such as Yin and Yang, power and repose, death and rebirth, and Peace within Chaos.

Join us in the gallery for a closer look at Peace Within Chaos with Kevin Woodson. Kevin paints watercolors of flowers, but as an artist, he’s been involved in performance art, circuses, AIDS activism, and a range of art forms, from comic books to punk rock bands. He will tell the story of how flowers and the gardens supported him throughout his own explorations, and how flowers have been with us throughout history.

Kevin will also present his new book, “Peace Within Chaos, a Book of Flowers” at the Artist Talk. Kevin’s book of flowers features many of the spectacular paintings currently hanging in the gallery, and tells stories of life in the flowers, ranging from a lost toddler tip toeing through the Zinnias, to Aztec gardeners on Lake Texcoco, and even following the goddess Iris as she travels the world of rainbows.

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“Hidden Agendas” paintings by BlackSpit

When: May 6 – May 28, 2016
Opening Reception: May 6th 6-9pm
Live performance featuring JoyGirl at 6:30pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “Hidden Agendas” an array of original paintings by artist BlackSpit expressed through two series titled "Set in Stone" & "Human Nature.”

Often known for his life-like self-portraits, Artist BlackSpit now creates an interface of his imaginative world with his audience to expose another side of his artistic ability; In this case, ‘Objects of Surrealism.’ The Artist will introduce his “Hidden Agendas Collection’ featuring his paintings of a human nature dichotomy. This collection itself is made up of two series’ entitled “Set in Stone” and “Human Nature.”

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Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland

When: March 4 – April 30th, 2016
Opening Reception: March 4th 6-9pm
Live Jazz Music by Kymberly Jackson

Mini Quilt Workshop by AAQGO Members:
March 19th 1-3pm
Artist Talk: Friday, April 1st 6-9pm
Workshop 2 (Placemaking): April 2nd 1-3pm
Quilts by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland

Joyce Gordon Gallery in collaboration with AAQGO presents “Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland”

Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland is a citywide quilt exhibition and quilt making project developed by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) for 2014-2016. The project involves creating quilts about people, the environment, history, business, culture and other aspects of life in Oakland, California. Over 100 quilts have been made by guild and community members during the project period. Community quilt workshops have been conducted in schools, community centers and non-profit organizations.

About six months ago, Marion Coleman (fellow quilt artists and Project Curator and AAQGO Board Member) and her guild sisters came up with an elaborate idea: designing narrative quilts that would convey in cloth the personality, history and social complexity of their home ground. “Our name is the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland,” Ms. Coleman emphasized.

Wildfires were burning across California as Marion Coleman began “Firestorm,” her quilt about the flames that ravaged the Oakland and Berkeley Hills in 1991. It is an inferno captured in cloth: the blackened silhouettes of trees, engulfed in a blaze of intricate, swirling stitches. Other quilters take a more sobering tack. In a piece titled “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” Jackie Houston, addresses race and police brutality, anchoring her piece around a haunting oversize image of her 7-year-old grandson, his raised hands dramatically, extending beyond the quilt’s edge. by Patricia Leigh Brown Feb 2, 2016 – New York Times.Click here for the original article.

Oakland's Stories, Told Through Quilts Listen to an interviewed show with the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland hosted by KQED Host: Michael Krasny (Click her to Play)

This project is funded in part by Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Clorox Company Foundation, Alameda County Arts Commission, Hoffman Fabrics and members of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland.

AAQGO Mission Statement

The African American Quilt Guild of Oakland was created in June 2000 to preserve and continue the tradition of quilting. We promote fellowship among persons interested in all aspects of quilting. Our goal is to contribute to the knowledge and appreciation of fine quilting and quilts. We sponsor and support quilting activities through regular meetings and special events with the community.

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EJ's Brew & Brush

A fun and creative painting event where people of like minds, friends and new acquaintances come together for a good time in the art gallery.

For birthday and other group parties or company team building themes contact Joyce Gordon, to reservations and dates of interest.

Registration fee is $35 for your Make and Take Session. Materials provided include an easels, paints, canvas and brushes. You may bring snacks.

The resident artist will guide you through this painting experience from beginning to end. Enjoy a cup of BREW, a stroke of the BRUSH, and lively music.

Ancestral Portals

When: February 5 – February 27th, 2016
Opening Reception: February 5th 6-9pm
Artist Talk Saturday, February 20th 1-3pm
Panelists include: Tarika Lewis, 23andMe, a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California and other guests

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “Ancestal Portals” a 23 day solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Malik Seneferu. Seneferu celebrates Black History Month and his ancestors from a life long search and recent genealogical discovery.

The narrative of lineage and ancestral discovery at Joyce Gordon Gallery continues into the month of February from a more personal chapter by Malik Seneferu. This exhibit includes pen and ink tree drawings, the “Aesthetic Ascension” series and the major feature of portraits of the artist’s recently discovered parents and grandparents. This exhibit includes a solution driven discussion regarding the dismount of Ancestral Portals for black people of the Americas. Will finding our family help develop resolution for us?

Viewers of this exhibition can witness in 23 days, how 23 pairs of the artist’s chromosomes became the portal to his recently discovered family through the help of 23andme (a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California). This exhibit is an event beyond the artist’s dreams. Malik had a long standing experience of what it would be like to have a full grasp of who he was as it relates to his parents and family history.

Malik is a self-taught and extremely prolific African-American artist that has created more than 1,000 different pieces of artwork, including paintings, murals, and mixed media projects in the past 25 years. Despite the fact that he has no formal college training, Malik’s art has hung in many different professional arenas throughout the world, such as galleries, museums, magazines, and newspapers.

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Passport from Ewe to Arará
Paintings by Susan Matthews

When: January 8 - January 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 8th 6-9pm
Live Music by Luz Del Alma

Artist Talk: Saturday, January 16th 1-3pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents "Passport from Ewe to Arará." This selection of paintings by Susan Matthews links the traditions of the Arará peoples of Cuba with the Ewe peoples of the Volta region in Ghana and in Togo.

The paintings in this exhibit, "Passport from Ewe to Arará" represent selected works from Susan Matthews, one of seven artists chosen for a collaborative project called Secrets Under the Skin. In 1996, during one of Susan Matthews' first trips to Cuba, she met Dr. Jill Flanders Crosby, professor of dance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Eight years later, Flanders Crosby flew down from Alaska to see Matthews' 2004 Cuba themed exhibit at Latham Square in Oakland. Shortly afterward she asked Matthews to join Secrets Under the Skin, an arts based research project linking Arará peoples of Cuba with the Ewe peoples of the Volta region. For further information on the Secrets Under the Skin project please see:
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When: Saturday, December 19th 3-7pm

Live performance by 'LindaKay & Friends' featuring contralto Linda Ricketts, vocalist - Jazbeau George Spencer on keyboards, Calvin Keys on guitar, Sly Randolph on drums and David Daniel on bass.

Refreshments include: Drinks, Desserts, Eggnog and other Holiday Delights. A list of auction items will be available soon. Visit the gallery for updates.

Event Tickets available now online - $20. At the door - $25
For event ticket purchase, you can mail a check (payable to: Joyce Gordon Gallery) or pay in person during gallery hours - W-F (11-6pm) & Sat (1-6pm) OR pay online through our 'EVENTS' page below:

The Art Auction is a kickoff fundraiser to help launch a Joyce Gordon 501(c) for arts program for youth and community projects.


When: September 4 - October 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, October 2nd 6-9pm
(Talk begins at 7pm)

Quilt Workshop by Marion Coleman: Saturday, October 3rd 1-3pm Brew and Brush Anniversary Exhibit and more

Participating Artist: Janet Barnes, Alice Beasley, Charles Bibbs, Stephen Bruce, Chukes, Marion Coleman, Emory Douglas, Nina Fabunmi, Tricia Grame, Jackie Houston, Al Johnson, Georgianna Krieger, Katy Kuhn, Gabriel Navar, David Ruth, Bryan Keith Thomas, Raul Villarreal

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents "Yearbook: 12th Anniversary Exhibit." "Yearbook" is a second look at past exhibitions and commemorates the participating artists through a catalog memorabilia with a 'yearbook' type of endeavor.

With the closing of the most recent exhibit, "Re-Mastered" featuring Charles Bibbs and Al Johnson, Joyce Gordon Gallery rewinds the clock to recapture an intermittent set of exhibitions and artists dating back to "ThEN is Now: 10th Anniversary exhibit" in 2013. These exhibitions and artists include, Bryan Keith Thomas "Heirloom" (January/February 2015), "Emory Douglas: Artist for the People" (May/June 2014), Chukes and David Ruth "ThEN is Now" (September/October 2013) and more. The new works that will be exhibited ranges from sculpture, painting, photography, and mix media art.

Icons of our culture has become the common thread in this eclectic group of work that is best expressed by owner Joyce Gordon in her 2003 inaugural speech, "I would like the space to become home to a versatile array of cultural activities." Such culture is expressed by New Jersey/Floridian artist and curator, Raul Villarreal of the 2013 "We Are You Project." Villarreal expresses his Cuban roots in his paintings "Supa" and "Herencia" (Spanish for Heritage) a small portrait of his adopted grandfather and American author Ernest Hemingway housed in his hand painted cigar box from Cuba.

Joyce Gordon Gallery continues its array of cultural activities that include a Brew and Brush Anniversary showcase (a public participating paint session) and a community invited quilt workshop in early October led by Marion Coleman.


Re-Mastered: New Works by Charles Bibbs and Al Johnson

When: July 10 – August 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, July 10th 7pm

(Moderated by Duane Deterville) - Wine sponsored by Sip and Swirl events

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “Re-Mastered”, an exhibition that examines the reinventing and “re-mixing” of the well established and rhythmic imagery of two renowned artists, Charles Bibbs and Al Johnson.

Charles Bibbs is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work is featured in museums, galleries, and the homes of many collectors. His work displays a strong, yet fluid, stylized quality of contemporary subjects that are beautifully synthesized into multifaceted, larger-than-life images. His technique can be distinguished from most artists by the way he combines layers of acrylic paints and inks to obtain rich undertones of line and texture. In the “Re-Mastered” exhibition, viewers can follow Mr. Bibbs on a journey from his recent works to a new series of collages with borrowed materials sourced from his own art. His work makes a deeply rooted statement that is ultimately spiritual.

Mr. Bibbs strongly believes that we are the "keepers of our culture”; and in this role, he has spent much of his time serving on boards of museums and art organizations to support the art community. He is passionate about supporting youth and has mentored, taught and conducted numerous workshops for young aspiring artists.

Al Johnson is an illustrator, fine artist, educator and mentor who has developed an inclusive vision that captures the classical and contemporary and releases them in his own unique cadence. While formally trained in the techniques of the Great Masters, Al Johnson's art, in fact, goes to the essence of jazz in that it brings together many influences while celebrating individuality.

In this exhibition, “Re-Mastered”, displays a compilation of Mr. Johnson’s artwork from many series. These paintings are considered to be some of the best representations of his prolific work. They are all mixed media paintings on canvas, Masonite and wood panels; expressionistic figurative and non–figurative works. Viewing his canvas as a portal, and engaging his wits and heart; Al Johnson makes a statement that integrates a landscape of structures and illuminating light.

Mr. Johnson honed his skills, while attending famed institutions such as Pratt Institute, the Albert Pale School of Commercial Arts and the Arts Student League. He has exhibited in many corners of the world including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Japan, the Guangzhou International Art Fair in China and in a New York City juried exhibition, curated by Jordan Kantor during his tenure at the Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Johnson drafted the original renderings of the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world, and was chosen from a nationwide search to create the commissioned portrait of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, permanently installed in Brooklyn Borough Hall, New York City. His passion is to inspire and he enjoys teaching future artists.


Chukes: Forms of Expression

When: March 6 – April 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, April 3rd 6-9pm (Talk begins at 7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “Forms of Expression” by Chukes. “Forms of Expression” is an exhibition that features clay sculptures by Southern California artist, Chukes that demonstrates the human spirit in a physical form.

As a male artist, Chukes greatest stumbling block has been his inability to get in touch with his emotions. The lessons he have learned from women have profoundly enhanced his creative approach. Women are fearless when it comes to expressing emotion and that is how he wanted to create, fearlessly. He felt great joy by relinquishing the cloak of masculinity that holds so many men back from expressing their true emotions. “I am no less of a man because of this, but a much greater artist and a much more passionate human being,” says Chukes. His focus is the three women who have had the greatest effect in his life; his mother, daughter, wife and the unending love and devotion I have received from the female spirit. This exhibit is his way of giving gratitude to all women because without you, there is no us!

Southern California artist, Chukes received his MFA in Sculpture from Claremont University and also his BFA from CCAC in Sculpture and Ceramics with High Distinction Honors. Chukes was born with a creative spirit and has been following that creative muse since he was a child. His brightly colored, primarily female sculptures depict the many dimensions of the human figure, often with exaggerated and seemingly misplaced appendages-hands attached to heads or backs, leading up to elongated necks and impossible long, wavy locks. The results are slightly surreal pieces that cause the viewer to re-examine their notions of beauty and the body. Chukes says his art is about the human form and the emotional connection he has with each individual he sculpts.

"No models or drawings are used as a guide" he says. "I am not interested in recreating an exact copy of someone. I want to create human emotions in sculptural form."

Nina Fabunmi: New Land, New Life, New People: Capturing the Bay Area

When: March 6 – April 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, April 3rd 6-9pm (Talk begins at 7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “Rebirth” by Nina Fabunmi. Rebirth is an exploration of a New Land, New Life, New People, captured in Nina’s new oil paintings of the Bay Area.

Nina Fabunmi’s paintings capture the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, the diversity of its people due to the different Diasporas and the energy of the land. Her expressive technique is created with the use of a palette knife and infuses tribal marks that are an extension of her African roots. She paint, paste, splatter, scratch and drip the oil paints onto the canvas as her artistic interpretation of a beautiful terrain. Colors are important as they convey emotions and when it rains its like the city is given a new look. The colorful reflections of her oil paintings bounce back and forth, off the surfaces add more character to the cityscape.

An MFA graduate of the Academy of Art University in S.F., Nina Fabunmi’s interest in art began as a child, she developed her artistic skills just as she learned how to read and write but realized it was a gift when she noticed that her peers could not do draw like she could. At six, she would make small drawings and render them with colored pencils. As a teenager, art became her means of expression, she wrote poetry, made drawings, paintings, collage, mosaic and fabric designs with tie-dye and batik. Upon her high school graduation, she received a Proficiency Certificate in Fine Art.

In 2001 she got introduced to a Gallery owner in her hometown of Nigeria who purchased five of her watercolor paintings. In that same year, she made her first oil painting. She would paint and sell one- on- one to those who were privy to seeing her work as it was like a hobby to her. The Gallery owner introduced her to Art associations in Nigeria, which she eventually became a member of. She slowly integrated herself into the Art world in Nigeria and had her first Art Exhibition in 2008. Since then she had been exhibiting and selling her work while running a regular 8-5 job.

This was the break she had been looking for and it paid her enough to pick up her dream of an MFA Fine Art painting at the Academy of Art University. In 2013, she was awarded ‘Best of the Show’ in Bold Brush painting contest and two honorable mentions in the Turner painting contest. She also emerged as a semi-finalist at the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.

In 2014 she won “Best of the Show” in the Artist Portfolio Magazine Portraits 18th edition and was also honored by President Elisa Stephens of the Academy of Art University for her outstanding academic achievement. Her work was auctioned at the Tom Joyner fantastic voyage thus helping raise educational funds for African American children.

Bryan Keith Thomas: Heirloom

When: January 2 - February 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 9th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: First Friday, February 6th 6-9pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents “Heirloom” by Bryan Keith Thomas. Heirloom is the celebration of the Black experience through its historic symbols; cotton, roses and the African and African American image.

The small cloth bags (Heirloom Bags), adorning many of the paintings are placed there to hold the spiritual and physical memories of the ancestor. Growing up in the South, Thomas remembers how Southern Matriarchs adorned in tailored white dresses and glowing ebony skin, simply by standing in a doorway, could exude a presence that would completely envelope the room. They celebrated the luxury of being- Black, Southern, and eternal icons. It is this respectability of the human figure, residing in a holy moment that he wishes to engage the viewer.

“As I continue on my present journey, I will always give homage to those people and experience that brought me here. All the things that I remember about my past, cultivate, clarify and define my now,” says Thomas.

Born in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Bryan Keith Thomas received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996. Thomas Currently resides in Oakland, California, where he works as an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco & Oakland, CA.

Thomas received the “White House Honor” as a guest of First Lady Laura Bush, for work with the Art in Embassies Program (Washington, DC.) His work has also been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally at Art Basel (Miami, Fl), Meridian Gallery (San Francisco, CA) ; the Joyce Gordon Gallery (Oakland, CA) ; Gallery Guichard (Chicago, IL) ; ArtJaz Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) ; E&S Gallery (Louisville, KY) the American Embassy ( Dakar, Senegal) ; Du Sable Museum ( Chicago, IL) among others. His paintings are also included in several private collections across the United States.

The 4TH Annual Holiday Art Exhibit

Preview Opening: Friday, November 14th 6-9pm
Opening Holiday Reception: Friday, December 5th 6-9pm

Participating Artists – Barbara Aliza, Al Attles, Janet Barnes, Stephen Bruce, Don Douglas, Nina Fabunmi, Janet Fryer, L.A. Hyder, Katy Kuhn, Carl Posey, Zahava Sherez, Andrew Wilson. Also featuring the Joe Harris Collection

For more information please contact:
Gallery Curator:Eric Murphy –
Gallery: 510.465.8928

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents The 4th Annual Holiday Art Exhibit. Begin your holiday shopping at Joyce Gordon Gallery and celebrate this season with unique holiday gifts! Join us Friday, November 14th from 6-9pm for our opening reception.

Visitors will enjoy a wide selection of unique art and gifts from over 20 local and national artists in the country. Featured work includes, paintings, sculptures, drawings and other distinctive art and gift ideas. There is nothing more valuable than investing in art that will last you and your love one(s) a lifetime.