Bre Gipson is an Oakland-based artist who uses common and discarded materials as a means to physically reform the landscape. She received her BA from University of California Berkeley in 2012 and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2016. She has exhibited in art spaces including Pataphysical Society in Portland, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, White Walls Gallery in San Francisco, and the University of Alberta in Canada.


I am inspired by nature’s wondrous and phenomenal occurrences. I create sculptures and installations that examine the overlap of imaginary space and the natural world. Through my work, I aim to recreate a place I have been before, in my travels through dreamscapes and weekend getaways to parallel universes. Influenced by the blurry the lines between history, myth, science fiction and innovation, my works explores the transformation of space and materials.

My work is an investigation of texture, color, and form. I play with strategies that create environments that both immerse and transport the viewer, triggering an experience of discovery, awe and wonder. Mystified by the possibilities of what may or may not exist, I am interested in exploring the unknown and exploiting our changing beliefs of what is real. Constructed creatures and landscapes reflect the potentials of what could be and I create things yet to be discovered.


instagram: @bregipson



2016  Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
2012  BA in Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley, CA


2016 Liquid Jungle, Nat Turner Project, Portland, OR
2016 Alter Destiny II, Pataphysical Society, Portland, OR
2015 Obscuriosity, Field Day & Friends, Oakland, CA
2014 Moon Milk, Pixies and Peonies, Alameda, CA


Crystal Caves: Warm Magic, Autumn Lights Festival, Oakland, C
She Breathes, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, C
NEW WORLD UNLTD, Compliance Division, Portland, OR
Alter Destiny, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
Winter Artist in Residence, Free Oakland Up, Oakland, CA

Hard Edge: Geometric Abstraction, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Destabilizing Dystopia, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Brownhall Collective in Residence, Compliance Division, Portland, OR
Artists; Women what it Means to be an artist in 2015, Vessel Gallery, Oakland, CA
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Autumn Lights Festival, Gardens at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
Black Artists on Art: The Legacy Exhibit, Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA
Black Artists on Art, Marin Community Foundation, Marin, CA
Small Art Show, Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
Syrupy Sweet & Dry Ice, PNCA, Portland, OR
Yield, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA

From Women's Hands, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Til Death Do Us Part, Solespace Oakland, CA
Til Death Do Us Part: Artist Lounge, Somar Art Bar, Oakland, CA
First Thursdays, Kyoto PDX, Portland, OR
Quantum Shirley, Feldman Gallery, PNCA, Portland, OR (Featured Artist)
Energy, Hotel Biron, San Francisco, CA
In Search of Sheba, Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA
Montage, Honey Hive Gallery, San Francisco, CA

8X10, Faultline Art Space, Oakland, CA
Underground Runway Spring Fashion Show, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Altered Painting Project, Redux Studios & Gallery Alameda, CA
Carnival of Peace, How Weird Festival, San Francisco, CA ( Live Painting and Exhibition)
Ode to the Gamer, Chopsticks Urban Art Space, Oakland, CA
Asylum, Pop-­up Gallery Space, Oakland, CA (Curated)
Evidence of The Unseen, Duo Show, Warehouse 7, Oakland, CA
Art & Taxes, F3 at Cotton Mill Studios, Oakland, CA


MAYOR'S CHOICE AWARD, Autumn Lights Festival, Oakland, CA 2016
THESIS AWARD, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portand, OR 2016
WINTER ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Free Oakland Up, Oakland, CA 2016
MIRAGE: FOOD+ART PROJECT GRANT, Saha Housing and Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA 2016
TEACHING ARTIST RESIDENCY, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA 2015-2017


Oakland North
The Los Angeles Times
Willamette Weekly
Richmond Pulse
PDX Magazine
Eternal Sandbox
The Black Portlanders