By Michael Paglia . December , 2017





William Havu Gallery now representing YOSHITOMO SAITO

Yoshitomo Saito was born in 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. After finishing college work and some professional training in glassblowing, Saito came to the United States to study glass art at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Yoshitomo Saito relocated to the Bay Area in 1983 to attend the California College of the Arts in Oakland. At CCA, he studied glass under Marvin Lipofsky and sculpture under Dennis Leon and Linda Fleming. It was during this period that Saito began using bronze . He received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture with High Distinction in 1987.

Immediately after graduating, Saito began exhibiting his work at leading contemporary art showcases in San Francisco, including the world renowned Haines Gallery. Saito received the Visual Artists Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. His bronze is included in many prestigious collections in the Bay Area such as the city of San Francisco own M.H. de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the city of Oakland Museum of California.

Since moving to Colorado in 2006, Saito has had numerous solo and group shows in galleries, arts centers and museums in the state and joined the William Havu Gallery in 2017. February 3 – May 6, 2018, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presents, YOSHITOMO SAITO : MILLIONYEARSEEDS

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.




William Havu Gallery is exhibiting at Art Palm Springs.
February 17 – 19, 2017 | Find us at Booth #403

Palm Springs Convention Center

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

hemispheres-1-2-and-3-webKatie 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:

ROBERT ECKER | Mercury Framing, Boulder, CO : September 29 – November 23, 2016

AMY METIER | Mr. Pool Gallery, Boulder, CO : September 29 to December 31, 2016. Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 2016, 5-10 PM

TONY ORTEGA | Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO : September 19 to December 28, 2016.


logo-150-4Westword Art Review:  Emilio Lobato, Virgil Ortiz and Jeff Kahm Head South by Southwest at Havu

By Michael Paglia . September , 2016

William Havu Gallery now representing WES MAGYAR.

WesMagyar The Hunt 48 x 60 WEBWes 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.

Burgess House at Hanging Rock WEBAndy 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″


logo-150-4Westword Art Review: Amy Metier & Emmett Culligan

By Michael Paglia . June , 2016

logo-150-4Westword Art Review: Sushe & Tracy Felix, “Land Rhythms”

By Michael Paglia . April , 2016


Visual Art: Sushe and Tracy Felix team up at Havu gallery

By Ray Mark Rinaldi
The Denver Post

POSTED:   03/11/2016 12:01:00 AM MST


logo-150-4Westword Art Review: Laura Truitt “Re-Visions”

By Michael Paglia . January , 2016

William Havu Gallery now representing JEFF KAHM.

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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 The Ground Work 40 x 60 WEBClay 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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Click on the image to read this feature online.

VIRGIL ORTIZ  |  Works from the Revolt Series |  May 14 – June 20, 2015 

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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

Metier A Delicate Balance 72 x 60 SM








Amy Metier, A Delicate Balance, 2010, permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum

Susan Cooper

Cooper Eisenhower Park

First Rose, 2015  steel, polycarbonate,  74″ x 15′ x 48″

Eisenhower Park in Denver.

Dedication is at 4:30 – 5:30  on May 29 at  Eisenhower Recreation Center
4300 E. Dartmouth Avenue, 80222

Now representing ROGER REUTIMANN

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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

Rieke Primitive Ptg10 78.5 x 68 WEB








Primitive Reality, acrylic on canvas, 78 1/2″ x 68″

Now representing RYAN MAGYAR

Magyar canvas No 52 46.25 x 60 WEB






#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

 Goldfish and a life-sized nude highlight Articulated Perspectives at the Havu gallery


Critic’s Picks: Denver
As their first featured exhibit of the summer, William Havu Gallery is presenting “Articulated Perspectives,” a thematic group show bringing together the efforts of a quartet of artists, all of whom work with representational imagery in some way, and all of whom infuse their pieces with some kind of conceptual or narrative content. For Laura Truitt, the nominal subject of her paintings is architecture; however, she does not render buildings straightforwardly, instead combining a hyperrealist approach to drafting, that she then veils in abstract flourishes of paint. Lori Buntin, on the other hand, does convey urban scenes with photographic accuracy but she plays with the palettes so that the color schemes subtly shift as they pass through different parts of the paintings; however, the transitions between the hues are anything but subtle, since they are starkly separated by hard-edged vertical divisions. The scenes themselves also shift ever-so-slightly, as they cross these divisions. Sculptor Marc Berghaus takes a different approach to representation-he uses recognizable objects to create his contraptions, including mechanized fish and mechanized figures-some of which emit sounds. While the works of Truitt, Buntin and Berghaus fill the main level, on the mezzanine there are expressionist paintings by Sara Sanderson that convey the fury of the Colorado floods of 2013, through thick smears of paint used to create forms evocative of rushing water. “Articulated Perspectives” at the William Havu Gallery runs through July 26.

Private View of a Public Space
Laura Truitt
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

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PBS Arts District feature on Catalyst exhibtion & an interview with Nancy Lovendahl


At Denver’s Havu Gallery, a serious, yet lovely, look at flowers


William Havu Gallery sculptor Michael Clapper builds sculpture in Canton, Ohio commemorating the birth of the National Football League.

Ohio city to get sculpture marking birth of NFL

Sculpture to commemorate NFL’s founding in Canton

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

Featured William Havu Gallery Artists: Orna Feinstein, Homare Ikeda, Emilio Lobato, Phillip Maberry & Scott Walker, James Marshall and Amy Metier.

CATALYST | Colorado Sculpture 

Denver Botanic gardens | On view through January, 2104

Featured William Havu Gallery Artists: Emmett Culligan & Nancy Lovendahl

Link to Botanic Gardens website

Emilio Lobato is a featured artist in the exhibition: PERCEPTION Color | Line | Pattern at the Arvada Center for the Arts. On view through August 25th.

Welcome to

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.


At Denver’s Havu Gallery, an adult look at children’s toys in “Toy Stories II”. By Ray Rinaldi, Denver Post, 11/29/12

Both Playful and Serious, Toy Stories II is seriously interesting. By Michael Paglia, Westword. 11/29/2012

Toy Stories II article in the Denver Post

Toys Stories II in this week’s Westword

Lui Ferreyra interview with The Untitled Art Show, October 31, 2012

William Havu Gallery has represented Ralph Steadman for over 15 years. Enjoy this podcast on NPR

The Story Of Steadman, Drawn From His ‘Gonzo’ Art


Rick Dula: Paintings of Construction and Corrosion
Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The show will be up through January 1, 2013 for all visitors to the Buell Theatre or by appointment. To schedule a viewing after October 5, contact

Amy Metier in Women of Influence at The Arvada Center
Women of Influence, Colorado Artists & Curators
On view through November 11, 2012
Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003