Gallery 839

Artist Cristi Lyon exhibited her work in March 2020.

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.

Current Exhibit

Sept 1 – Oct 3, 2022
Warrior Painters Present AFK: A Plein-air Painting Exhibit

Known as the Warrior Paintersa group of animation artists practices the art of en plein air (painting outdoors). This unique show features artwork from Animation Guild members in gouache, oils, acrylics, watercolors, and more that captures the region’s natural and architectural beauty. 

Warrior Painters was founded in 2016 by Art Director Angela Sung, Assistant Art Director Michelle Lin, and Production Coordinator Kayleigh Ma to promote en plein air, the act of painting outdoors. The group meets during weekend painting sessions in Los Angeles and San Francisco in locations as varied as the ocean and the oldest remaining McDonald’s. During the pandemic Warrior Painters met on Discord for digital painting sessions, and along with in-person events, the active online community numbers almost 7,000 members around the world.

Upcoming Exhibits

Oct 6 – 31, 2022
QueerTAG Presents: Monster Dating Simulator

The Animation Guild’s QueerTAG Committee has gathered more than 15 Queer and Trans animation industry professionals to create monster characters and their dating profiles. The Monster Dating Simulation exhibition features a wide range of characters and genders to show how being inclusive isn’t hard—and how it can also be great for developing character narrative.

“We take the concept of a dating simulator—which usually centers around a ‘boy meets girl’ narrative, with a male-gaze perspective—and we flip this on its head,” says QueerTAG’s Co-chair Andy Garner-Flexner. “We want to create a fun, loveable, and creative space where Queer and Trans characters can exist without the male-gaze perspective on their character description.”

Nov 3 – 27, 2022
Lynette Charters Presents: The Missing Women/Parents Series

The Missing Woman/Parents Series references well-known paintings throughout history. It is a playful yet earnest look at how women are presented but not represented in art, society, and history. The image of the woman’s body is omitted from renderings of famous paintings, leaving on show the board it was painted on, to highlight the lack of documented female genius recorded in history, lack of societal appreciation and wage equality, lack of proportional representation in politics, and other disparities. 

Some of these disparities have been exacerbated with the mass exodus of parents from the workforce to care for family members during the pandemic and are due to worsen yet more with the current attacks on reproductive rights. From a young age, women are encouraged to succeed and at the same time take on supportive roles. They juggle multiple responsibilities, all while being underpaid and pressured to look picture perfect—all of which are themes that underscore this thought-provoking exhibition.

Dec 1, 2022
Kathy Zielinski

Jan 5, 2023
Kenny McGill

Feb 2, 2023
Rebecca Rees