The mission of DBO Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art, artists and our role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The gallery stimulates active learning about art, the value of it and the creative process. We do this through workshops, art talks for artists, students, collectors and the general public. The gallery strives to not only exhibit works from current established artist but to also educate, encourage and provide studio space to up and coming creators of all ages. DBO Gallery’s intent is to impact our community and to stimulate positive change and growth.
65 Arcade Alley, Suites 69 and 73 Nashville TN 37219
106 N. Second Street Clarksville, TN 37040
The Art of Giving
One part of DBO Gallery’s multi-layered mission is to create unique efforts to assist non-profit organizations within our communities.
The Art of Giving is an upscale live auction event that features hand-selected artists, both new and established. In addition to the live art auction, the event will feature live music, a live painting, an open bar and catered d’oeuvres by local restaurants, wineries and breweries, to include: Blackhorse Brewery, Beachaven Winery, Yada on Franklin, Sora, Strawberry Alley Ale Works, and more.
The fundraising event will benefit United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. United Way is a non-profit organization that advocates for the education, health, financial stability of citizens in our community. Fifty percent of each auction sale will go to support United Way’s 30+ non-profit agency partners.
“Each of us has the opportunity to change and grow until our very last breath. Happy creating.”—M.F. Ryan
Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun is an artist born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He now lives and works in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 with 2 degrees in…. Well, I could continue to write my biography in the third person and provide filler information with my life accomplishments, goals, and aspirations as if these facts will allow you to know me as an artist. Or you can take a moment and view my art as I welcome you into my life and humanity. My creative inspiration comes from the world around us and the things that evoke emotions. Art, for me, is more than creating aesthetic images. It is about releasing emotions that are hard to let go: one’s deepest desires, anger, frustrations, and lust. It’s about expressing the good, the bad, and ugly. It’s about finding solution, discovering yourself, and escaping. Art is therapy. Art is poetry in a different medium. It’s about solving the problems of today, bringing light to the darkness and finding truth in the lies. It is about resolve.
My art career started with sketches of the cartoon Speedy Gonzalez that I sold at recess. After an intense high school art study and a discouraging Art teacher, I chucked my art dreams and went Business School at University of North Carolina, (Go Heels!)
It took 10 years of office job security that finished at a major healthcare corporation for me to realize that the corporate career track wasn’t for me. I’d rather chase after risky-
no-one-makes-it, non traditional, exciting life. Challenge accepted!
I am self-taught, and following a plan of no-plan because something magical happens when you do so.
is a Nashville artist whose larger than life art captures what is human and real through expressionism. Stephen finds his voice through his art a reflection of his life growing up in a large family in the countryside of a small Tennessee town. His life experiences shine through his art putting him in contact with his inner spirit and emotions. Artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonardo da Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh are artists Stephen has admired the most and have had a great influence in his career.
Omari Booker began his journey as an artist his senior year of high school at Montgomery Bell Academy. There he realized his gift for visual art and like most true artists, the path to developing his talent has been anything but linear. It has taken him through various disciplines and institutions including Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University. As he studied Mathematics and other more traditional curricula he finally focused on studio art and graphic design earning his B.S. in Graphic Design from Tennessee State University.
Omari takes a process-oriented approach to his art, embracing it as a therapeutic modality through which he is able to express his passion for the freedom and independence that the creative process allows him to experience. His art is his personal therapy, and his desire is that those viewing it will have personal experiences of catharsis. The philosophy that undergirds Omari’s work is FREEDOM THROUGH ART and he aspires to create work that communicates to his audience their unique and intrinsic ability to be free
Lorenzo Swinton is born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina I remember developing a niche for art at an early age, earning my first art award at the age of six years old – I don’t know if it was the way it calmed me, perhaps the way it helped me escape my own mind. I find it amazing how the creativity has continued with me throughout the years. I specialize in abstract and contemporary paintings using acrylics as my force for the stimulating and invigorating visuals I create. I’m simply influenced by my surrounding energies and my thoughts, hoping that my unorthodox approach in artistry, using expressionism in my works intrigues you and keeps you interested in upcoming pieces.
Ty Christian was born the youngest of three boys in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My passion for creativity has always been the core of my journey through life. My styles of art are versatile; from realism with pencil and acrylic paint, to abstract and surrealism.
I’m always inspired by the environments and people I experience in my life; which inspired my newest collection: “Art of Harmony,”my most prized work yet.
When I’m not painting, I express my life and emotions through music. Who knows where my creativity will take me next, but I’m always ready for the challenge. I’ve grown to understand that being yourself is the easiest way to express how you truly feel.
Peace, Love & Harmony
I believe color changes the mind, heart, and soul. The catch is that we have to allow ourselves to be moved. My idea of art is to give the viewer the ability to allow themselves to feel, to remember; to be moved.
I am a self-taught Nashville based painter. My artwork uses nostalgia and bright color work to create the memory of a person, place, or time. To remind someone of a feeling that cannot be reproduced.
I use contrast between dark and light, creating a neon-rustic look. My technique of using layers upon layers of thin acrylic paint creates and brings out an image of emotion and remembrance. By painting with acrylic on wood, I am able to use the texture provided by both materials to create a feeling of something lost, found, or adored. Any emotion the viewer feels, is the right one.
Justin Gaffrey is an artist who challenges himself in vast mediums. Although, his primary body of works is executed in heavy acrylic impastos often 1-6 inches thick. Justin works in his studio outfitted with a full metal and wood working shop creating free standing sculptural works and sculptural paintings. Justin’s work is loose and expressive but underplayed with intense study and practice. Justin’s work can be an emotional landscape of his home in northwest Florida, to life size human skeletons, exposing a confused and beautiful life…
Contemporary artist, Andrea L. Jacobson, produces artwork using a variety of mediums with a preference for oil paints. Working out of her Clarksville, Tennessee studio, Andrea’s subjects range from portraits to still life, landscape to abstracts. She shows her work in the greater Nashville area
James grew up in Southwest Missouri on the family farm, attending a one room school. An Army veteran, he studied at New York Art Student League, Pratt Institute, with college degrees of B.F.A. in Studio Art, Masters of Sculptures and Ceramics, Ed.S. Industrial Arts, and PhD.
He served as a college professor and administrator for many years in Kansas and Tennessee. Recently retired, James is a full time artist and plans to show his work more often and is seeking more visibility via gallery representation and juried shows.
My name is Chloe Bennett, and I am a current self-taught fine artist based in Nashville, TN. I have been pursuing art since 2014, and have lived in Texas, Los Angeles, and Seattle, but am excited to have landed here in Nashville! My mediums include charcoal, acrylic paint, spray paint, and more. While I use a variety of techniques, I most often correlate my work with the way nature works. By this, I mean I study the way light bends and moves around objects, and how the light and shadows fall. I believe that is what makes art come alive. It is the balance of light and dark that make us feel something when we see an image. I get my greatest inspirations from life around me, and try to retain that childlike awe and wonder for the most simple, yet complex things in life. When I am choosing an image to recreate, I always look for something that falls more on the side of light, rather than the shadowed, dark side. I am passionate about my belief that our subconscious mind picks up on the message of the light overcoming the dark. Each piece I do, always has a message behind it, to speak to every walk of life. I see art as another language, because it transcends all language barriers or social classes, and can deliver a beautiful, yet different meaning to anyone who looks at it. My goal as the artist is to deliver a unique experience to each individual that looks at my art, in hopes that they too will draw inspiration from it for their lives. My realism style makes my artwork highly sought after and is even frequently mistaken for photographs. I have worked with various high-end clientele including public figures, celebrities, entertainment personalities, and professional athletes
I have done everything from book covers, custom clothing, personal commissions, artwork on vehicles, to murals!
- Blackhorse Pub & Brewery,
- Ajax Distributing Co.
- Beachaven Vineyards & Winery,
- Yada on Franklin,
- Roux Americajun Restaurant,
- Upstairs at Strawberry Alley,
- Journey’s Eye Studio
- The Ruby Cora
- Fortera Credit Union
- and more.
When Emily steps on stage you can’t help but feel like you just met her.
She is at ease with every soaring note, dancing arm, and two-step she takes, making you feel just as at home as she does. The Vancouver Native is always decked out in some 70s chic pants or a jumpsuit that compliments her lipstick. Her stage banter is both witty and vulnerable, and her tambourine playing is no joke. Influenced at a young age by soundtracks like Sister Act, Chambers was drawn to Gospel and Motown music. She trained with Canadian Jazz singer Joani Taylor from the age of 8-18 studying Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and more. She sat in her room learning every Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill run she could. She wrote her first song (for her mom) when she was 9 years old; this turned into a love of writing pop music. After high school, Emily attended Berklee College of Music where she was introduced to artists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Corrine Bailey Rae; thus began her obsession with the EU/UK R&B scene. After freshman year, Chambers took a three week trip to Europe that turned into a four and a half month adventure busking across the South of France and Italy. It was there she realized music was what she wanted to do.
For 6 years Emily was running a band while working a 9-5 job in insurance, underwriting commercial property in Vancouver. She always dreamed of going solo, moving into a camper van and touring North America. In 2016 she made that dream a reality. Chambers has now completed two US tours in her baby blue 1983 Dodge 250B, performing in LA, Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, New York City and more. She has performed with the likes of Rayland Baxter, Nikki Lane, Delta Rae, Walker Lukens, Liz Cooper & the Stampede, Briston Maroney, Lawrence and more.