The Empty Space Gallery Presents: 



On May 18, 2018, The Empty Space Gallery opens an exhibition to the public featuring the digital works of John Buford.


“Everybody has their own opinion and own idea of what beauty is.”
                                                                                                              -Rick Genest

“Rick Genest, also known as Rico the Zombie, also know as Zombie Boy, stands five foot ten, and every inch is covered in tattoos. The sight of him may come off as dark, macabre, and horrific to some, but as an artist who has had my share of anatomy study, I see him as a living canvas of amazing art. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in his teens, Genest contemplated his own life and death, and it was here that he began expressing himself through tattoos that would eventually transform him into the artist he is today. His story and illustrated body are aesthetics that helped spark the inspiration for JAWBONE.

As simple as it is, his quote on beauty resonated with me. It is the contrast of such sensitive words coming from someone who has covered himself with the “darkness”; to reimagine the darkness as a unique source of light. It is the undiscovered, the unique, the ‘different’ that attracts me to this. And by tilting your head a notch, and trying to get a look from another angle, you just might see all the color and light that I do.

JAWBONE is not about the darkness or horror. It’s just the opposite. It’s about color, light, personality, punk, music, art, style, mischief, expression, edge, beauty and everything else that might lie beneath the surface. It’s about bending the negative into the positive. It’s about my own opinions and my own ideas, and it’s about inspiring others to take a second look at their own opinions and their own ideas of what beauty is.”

                                                                                                            -John Buford


This sixteen piece collection of digital works runs May 18 through June 9, 2018.

Please join us in celebration of his new work on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2-5pm at The Empty Space Gallery, located at 706 Oak St., Bakersfield, CA 93304.  

For more information about this exhibit, please contact:

John Buford

Gallery Director:
Jesus Fidel



The Empty Space Gallery is proud to announce its new secondary gallery located in Eureka! Restaurant, 10520 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311.

This new mini gallery will feature an array of different artists throughout the year along with a portfolio of their small and mid-sized works of art.

Our current artist is Ashleymarie Sey Lively. Ashleymarie creates art with a splash of whimsy and wonder. Born and raised native to Bakersfield, her inspiration comes from ocean life, tiki culture, fantasy, books, and movies. She works in various mediums, but recently changed to working with inks and painting on wood. This special selected collection is full of subjects that make you want to smile and hug.

All items in the gallery are available for purchase at the restaurant with 100% of the proceeds going to The Empty Space, a 501(c)3 non-profit and the local artist.

Stop by Eureka!, grab a burger, and check out the art in the brand new Empty Space Gallery at Eureka!


The Empty Space invites artists to submit proposals for an exhibition of contemporary art in our 1000 sq ft space.  Our gallery gives new and emerging artists as well as seasoned veterans the opportunity to display their works in a professional gallery atmosphere. Portfolios can be submitted electronically or appointments can be made with gallery director, Jesus Fidel at