William Havu Gallery now representing JOHN GIBSON
John Gibson is a native of Massachusetts, born in Boston in 1958. He attended the Rhode Island School of design (where he earned a BFA in 1980), before earning his post-graduate degree from the prestigious master’s program at Yale. Gibson had his first one-man show at the University of Massachusetts in 1984, and he began showing in group exhibitions in the Boston and New York areas in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s Gibson’s paintings began to focus on pyramidal compositions of spheres resembling children’s playground balls, decorated in the manner of colorful soccer balls. Executed in oil on wooden panel, these pieces began to attract generous critical praise for Gibson from the pages of the Boston Globe, the Partisan Review, and the New Yorker, among others. Gibson’s paintings are filled with subtle yet provocative disjunctions, which challenge the viewer’s initial perceptions of the pieces. While these images would seem at first to be fairly simple atmospheric, realistic renderings of colorful balls, a closer examination will reveal that the surfaces of Gibson’s paintings are deeply scored by the artist in geometric patterns that sometimes conform to, and in other instances defy, the outlines of the spheres rendered in paint. An invisible substructure is suggested in these incisions, which also serve to reinforce the physicality of the painting. Some pieces also include incised and/or painted suggestions of shadowy architectural spaces (arches, hallways, shallow niches) in which the balls are placed. The scale of the objects rendered is ultimately unclear: the balls could be of the large, inflatable type, but they alternatively suggest the density of much smaller decorated wooden croquet balls (a disjunction heightened by the scale of the paintings, which range from larger-than-life to miniatures of only 10 by 6 inches or less). Additionally, the multiple-ball, open-pyramid arrangements depicted in Gibson’s paintings are impossible structures, suggesting that however realistically they may be rendered, they are in fact constructs of the artist’s imagination, straddling the divide between representation and geometric abstraction. John Gibson’s work is currently to be found in numerous corporate and public collections around the country, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, University of Massachusetts, the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the New York Public Library.
Bill Havu, whose namesake William Havu Gallery is one of the top art venues in town, focuses on work by artists living in this part of the country — not just Colorado, but New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, Wyoming and even such unexpected places as Nebraska and Kansas. While all of the artists are from the West, the work Havu selects reflects international trends in contemporary art, though often with a distinct cultural tweak reflecting the region. Artists represented by Havu are typically mid-career, with substantial talents, including Amy Metier, Emilio Lobato, Virgil Ortiz, Nancy Lovendahl and Tony Ortega. A lot of people have the idea that art made by people living in this part of the country will be filled with kitsch depictions of cowboys, Indians, horses, buffaloes and coyotes; one visit to William Havu Gallery will dispel that false impression once and for all.
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William Havu Gallery now representing SCARLETT KANISTANAUX
Scarlett Kanistanaux is a ceramic and bronze sculptor residing and working from her studio in Erie, Colorado.
Scarlett knew she had found her calling after several experiences of seeing people moved to tears in the presence of her simple yet powerful portraits of young monks and nuns inspired by the Buddhist traditions.
“I am amazed that the monastic simplicity of an ancient culture could show up in the twenty first century, with all of its rich symbolism intact. The monks and nuns of today, adorned with the same shaved heads and modestly draped robes as their ancestors, are an enduring reminder to humanity that the practice of loving kindness, forgiveness, and compassion are as essential today as they have always been. My hope is that the portraits I sculpt would cause all of us to pause and reflect upon our own sense of soulfulness. Perhaps these quiet beings can serve to mirror our own potential for inner calm, joy and peace.”
William Havu Gallery now representing KATIE CARON
Katie Caron is presently Head of Ceramics at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado. Caron graduated from Boston University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in English Education and minor in Theater Arts. After graduation, she decided to pursue her art fulltime and moved to Colorado. In 2007, Caron was accepted to the graduate program at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and graduated with a MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture. While teaching for the Cranbrook Art Institute in 2009, a 900lb. wall collapsed on Caron, crushing her spine and pelvis. During the recovery period, Caron created two bodies of work documenting her experience: Mending Series and Heartland Drawings. A short time after her surgery in 2010, Caron started working on Apoptosis in collaboration with Martha Russo for the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Overthrown: Clay Without Limits in 2011. She has since completed numerous site specific installation at Project Miami, University of Michigan, Redline Art Space and Republic Plaza in Denver and was reviewed for Drosscapes, an immersive environment, in Sculpture Magazine’s June 2013 issue. Caron is an alumni of Redline Art Space and member of the Temple Studio Collective in Denver. Katie Caron resides in Littleton, CO with her family.
Celebration! A History of Visual Arts in Boulder (HOVAB)
Featured William Havu Gallery Artists and Exhibits:
By Michael Paglia . September , 2016
William Havu Gallery now representing WES MAGYAR.
Wes Magyar, an alumni of the University of Colorado at Boulder, has exhibited his work since 1999. Notable exhibition venues include – The Denver Art Museum, Mobil Museum of Art, Arvada Center for the Arts, Dairy Center for the Arts, The Fort Collins Museum of Art, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts. His paintings appeared in numerous publications including Art in America, Art Papers, Adbusters, the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Westword. His works reside in the collections of Denver Art Museum, Howard A. and Judy Tullman collection, Children’s Hospital, City of Aurora Colorado, Delta Dental as well as private collections in United States, Canada and Europe.
The Hunt, oil on canvas, 48″ x 60″
William Havu Gallery now representing ANDY BURGESS.
Andy Burgess is a graduate of the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and, over the last 15 years, has gained recognition as an accomplished cityscape and urban scenes painter. Burgess has successfully participated in several solo exhibitions, group shows, and major art fairs across Europe and the United States. Andy’s work has been featured in multiple internationally renowned art magazines, including: Modern Painters, Art Review, as well as the national British press.
Burgess is interested in the city, both as a vibrant place of culture and creativity, as well as a repository for dreams and ambitions. Through his painting, Andy explores the city as a place of narrative – both cinematic and graphic – utilizing the traditions of Impressionism, Pop art, and graphic art.
House at Hanging Rock, oil on panel, 6″ x 8″
Visual Art: Sushe and Tracy Felix team up at Havu gallery
By Ray Mark Rinaldi
The Denver Post
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By Michael Paglia . January , 2016
William Havu Gallery now representing JEFF KAHM.
Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was raised on the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. Kahm now lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.
As an artist, he continues creating artwork in his Santa Fe studio. His recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012) and at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013) highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas – work he describes as ‘rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics’. His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows nationally and internationally.
Foresight, acrylic on paper, 15″ x 15″ framed
William Havu Gallery now representing CLAY JOHNSON .
Clay Johnson was born and raised in Durham, NC, where he studied art and art history at Duke University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1985. He then worked for several years as assistant to painter Robert Natkin in Connecticut and New York City. He began exhibiting paintings in 1998, mostly in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC. After several years of painting and exhibiting, followed by a hiatus of sorts, he has recently returned to painting. Clay currently lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.
The Ground Work, acrylic on panel, 40″ x 60″
LUI FERREYRA is featured in the new issue of Forbes.
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VIRGIL ORTIZ | Works from the Revolt Series | May 14 – June 20, 2015
Virgil Ortiz is an internationally renowned ceramicist, fashion designer, and graphic artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. He uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements.
“The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 is a real incident that happened in American history and is not told in any mainstream school history books,” said Virgil Ortiz. “Using traditional methods and materials of clay ceramics fused with a modern twist allows me to share an important part of history, all while exposing visitors to my vision of the Revolt series and my heritage.”
This introduction of Virgil Ortiz’ clay work at William Havu Gallery coincides with:
Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz
Opening May 17, 2015
Denver Art Museum
Castilian, clay, 22″ high
AMY METIER featured in:
Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
Denver Art Museum | May 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Amy Metier, A Delicate Balance, 2010, permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum
First Rose, 2015 steel, polycarbonate, 74″ x 15′ x 48″
Eisenhower Park in Denver.
Now representing ROGER REUTIMANN
William Havu Gallery is pleased to announce that we are exhibiting at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair February 13 – 15, 2015.
Join us in Palm Springs, Presidents Day weekend during Modernism Week!
New representing ZACHARIAH RIEKE
Primitive Reality, acrylic on canvas, 78 1/2″ x 68″
Now representing RYAN MAGYAR
#52, oil on canvas, 46 1/4″ x 60 1/8″
Review of Homare Ikeda: “Revisit” Nancy Lovendahl: “Intercessions”
by Michael Paglia in Art Ltd.
By Michael Paglia
Oil on canvas
87″ x 120″ diptych
Photo: courtesy William Havu Gallery
“For No Good Reason”, A film about William Havu Gallery artist Ralph Steadman
PBS Arts District feature on Catalyst exhibtion & an interview with Nancy Lovendahl
William Havu Gallery sculptor Michael Clapper builds sculpture in Canton, Ohio commemorating the birth of the National Football League.
William Havu Gallery representing Bob Knox
Neutrabstract, Acrylic on canvas
William Havu Gallery now proudly representing sculptor Nancy Lovendahl
Fractal Echo, Denver Botanic Gardens
TOTAL ABSTRACTION | June 27 – August 28, 2013 Held in cooperation with DADA | Denver Art Dealers Association |Republic Plaza | 56 Story Arts space
CATALYST | Colorado Sculpture
Denver Botanic gardens | On view through January, 2104
Best Of Award
Best Abstract Trio – 2013
Amy Metier, Michael Clapper and Emilio Lobato
William Havu brought together three of the state’s top abstract artists last spring. The main event was Amy Metier. Metier begins with an actual subject, and then, using her expressive brushwork, turns it into an abstract composition; though more representational than usual for her, these paintings were still very much a part of her classic style. Meanwhile, the floors at Havu were filled with small, simple sculptures based on organic shapes by Michael Clapper. One of Clapper’s greatest strengths is the way he combines different materials. Finishing off the trio were Emilio Lobato’s recent wall relief sculptures made of found materials.
We are pleased to announce the Denver Art Museum has once again revealed William Havu Gallery artist Rick Dula‘s 18 x 32 foot mural A moment in Time: Here.
A Moment in Time: Here
February 10, 2013 – April 14, 2013 | Hamilton Building – Level 2 | Included in general admission
Denver-based painter Rick Dula, who photographed the Hamilton Building throughout its construction, created hyper-realist painting A Moment in Time: Here, in 2009. It appears to peel back the interior walls of the building to expose its steel girders and underpinnings, and reveals the angular skeleton of the structure, which opened in 2006. Popular with museum members and volunteers, the artwork originally was on view in 2009 and 2010 in the exhibition Embrace!
We are proudly welcome emerging Colorado painter, Laura Truit to our stable of artists.
William Havu Gallery has represented Ralph Steadman for over 15 years. Enjoy this podcast on NPR
Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
On view through November 11, 2012
Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003