Group Show

April 2017

Park Place Gallery

Brooklyn, NY



May 6 - June 27, 2016

Pro Arts Gallery

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Oakland CA 94612 


stARTup Fair San Francisco 2016

April 29 - May 1, 2016

Pro Arts Gallery booth

Hotel Del Sol

3100 Webster Street

San Francisco, CA 94123


30 Painters to Collect

Blue Line Arts

August 21 - October 2, 2015

Roseville, CA 95678


Summer: Gallery & Guest Artists

Prince Street Gallery

July 28 - August 15, 2015

530 West 25th Street

New York, NY 10001


Botanica: All Things Plant Life

Juried by Ken Harman, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA and MacKenzie Stevens, Assistant Curator of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts

July 12 - September 6, 2015

1601 Civic Drive

Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Solo Show

Cañada College Art Gallery

March 16 - April 16, 2015

4200 Farm Hill Blvd

Redwood City, CA 94061


Paper for the Sky 

U:L:O PArt II Curated by CAVE at Interstate Projects

June 18 - August 3 2014

66 Knickerbocker Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11237

PRESS: Art in America, Preview, July 11, 2014, By Nick Irwin 

Rainbow Melt, 2014, Paper mache, watercolor and graphite on paper, 20 x 15 x 3 1/4 inches 


Summer Show: Focus on Painting

Opening July 2 2014

FL Gallery

Milan, ITALY

Via Circo, 1

20123 Milan -  Italy 

Rachelle Agundes, Mattia Barbieri, Alice Browne, Franklin Evans, Jocelyn Hobbie, Paul Pagk, Andrey Zignnatto


Downstate/Upstate | RBPMW Printmakers

The Ink Shop Printmaking Center

Ithaca, NY

April 4 - April 29 2014

Last year the Ink Shop exhibited at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City in the first installment of an exchange Upstate/Downstate.

Downstate/Upstate is the exciting second installment current work coming to us from Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (RBPMW), an exhibit of 51 RBPMW member prints juried by Devraj Dakoji. 


Travel in My Borrowed Lives

Rachelle Agundes and Sean Downey

University of Maine Museum of Art

June 20 - September 21 2013


Taken from Donald Everett Axinn’s poem of the same name, UMMA presents Travel in My Borrowed Lives, a two-person exhibition of recent paintings by Rachelle Agundes and Sean Downey. Both artists hail from the West Coast and are affected by its unique terrain. In this exhibition, the Pacific Northwest landscape becomes the backdrop for both artists’ re-imagining of scenes extracted from memories and fiction. Agundes and Downey’s works suggest that the environment becomes “inextricably fused with memories and references to time and place.”

Agundes’ paintings explore the distortion of memory through the steady passage of time. Remembrances are filtered through emotional residue and layers of newer experiences supplant moments once considered paramount. The compositions are constructed by collaging accumulated memories of spaces and subjects—rendered images of departed pets and locations in national parks in Northern California are juxtaposed with houseplants and hand-made sculptural models. These fictional spaces shift between interior and exterior and are infused with subconscious information processed in the territory of our dreams.

Downey constructs imagined West Coast archetypes and archetypal scenarios in his large-scale paintings. He fuses aspects of fictional characters and real “types” from both the late 1870s and the late 1970s. In Downey’s enigmatic narratives, passionate hippie causes give way to burnout malaise and back-to-the-land self-sufficiency leads to survivalist seclusion. People wronged by outsiders, by the land, by forces of nature and revenge find their way into the compositions. The artist creates a visual mash-up of figures, settings and scenarios whose references jump back and forth in time. Downey’s recollections of growing up in the Pacific Northwest are comingled with our own collective memories of old movies, historical moments and nostalgic scenes from vintage photographs.

Rachelle Agundes received her BFA from Notre Dame de Namur University, CA and MFA in Painting from Boston University. She lives and works in New York City. Sean Downey received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA in Painting from Boston University. He lives and works in Boston, MA and teaches at Brandeis University.