Portland painter Tim Clorius shows work from his Conversation Pieces series through June 11 at Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland.

In this work, Clorius’ inspirations are the rich 18th- and 19th-century historic paintings of Great Britain, surrealistic works of a more modern time and contemporary abstraction.

The artist’s personal experiences, politics, social commentary and art historical references are condensed into sometimes humorously rendered scenes that often are not what they seem to be.

Clorius also works as an aerosol painter, or graffiti artist, under the name Subone — Supplying Urban Beautification, Offering New Experiences.

He is getting national attention. Clorius was in the Contemporary Realism 2010 catalog from the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago’s “Visual Narrative” exhibition. Clorius served on a recent panel discussion about graffiti.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, or by appointment.

Call 775-2222 or visit aucocisco.com.