Gallery 839 is a nonprofit gallery featuring art by members of the Animation Guild, IATSE, Local 839. Artists on exhibit are tried-and-true in their fields of animation and visual art, offering a unique merging of the Union and fine art worlds.
At this small gem in Burbank, the artwork is diverse and eclectic. The Animation Guild’s first gallery opened in 1962, and its current Gallery 839 launched in 2010. Over the years exhibitions have included media such as pottery, ceramics, bronze, poly resin, paint, pencil, glasswork ,and more.
The gallery is home to individual and group shows, and artists receive 100% of the commission from their sales. Better yet, the work is affordable. At monthly openings, the public can enjoy art and refreshments while mingling with the artists behind today’s popular movies and TV shows, as well as animation industry legends.
Jiny He: Curious Creatures
Opening Reception: May 4, 2023, 5pm-8pm
Curious creatures live all around us. Whether as pets or otherwise, we share our lives and enjoy our environments together. This exhibition is a collection of some curious creatures Jiny has had the privilege of meeting, living with, and imagining of. Jiny wants her artwork to inspire others to celebrate all of our curious friends.
Jiny He is a visual artist who specializes in color. She loves animals and our environment, which act as core themes behind her artworks. When not painting or designing her personal products such as silk scarves, Jiny works as a Background Painter and Color Designer in animation.
Mo McMasters: Take a Shot Every Time I Say “Liminal”
Opening Reception: June 1, 2023, 5pm-8pm
Just as the map is not the territory, neither is art reflective of reality. But art can expose reality’s malleability. This has been the central theme for Mo McMasters’ creative practice over the course of the last three years, a period of cosmic ego upheaval coinciding with a global pandemic. During this time, and in the course of making most of the art in this show, the artist legally acquired a new name and gender designation. These pieces speak to the liminality of that transformation.
With reality’s threshold at its thinnest, McMasters has explored the relationship between their internal domain and methods of externalizing it through comics, illustrations, and tarot cards. You can witness this change through their work. Maybe you’ll even change too.
McMasters is a storyboard artist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. Their work is informed by horror films, tarot cards, and growing up queer in Arkansas.