October 13, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Green Room Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 19, 5:30 – 7 pm
     Artist Demonstration: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

In this exhibition, Yuki Horikawa melds his mastery of the medium of pastel with the sensitivity of figural representation, resulting in a subtle yet finely wrought narrative evident within each unique portrait. The people in this series communicate with the viewer through subtle differences – a turn of the head, the pose of the hands, or the use of eye contact. These artistic choices are as responsible for assigning meaning as the use of highlighting, pattern, shadow or color. Horikawa carefully doles out enough information so as to develop a relationship with the subject, while portraying universal themes of sadness, hopefulness, or confrontation that give life to his subjects and an active role for the viewer.

“I’ve found that pastel has a unique appeal. The medium’s need for the constant layering of color reveals complexities in the complexion of a person’s face as well as the numerous hues a piece of fabric might possess. It is a traditional medium, but extremely gratifying and often in the right hands a modern one.”

Born in Yokosuka, Japan, Yuki Horikawa has an extensive career as an Artist and Graphic Designer. He has worked on several projects for prestigious companies such as Cartier, Noble Surf, McCalls Pattern, among others. He has produced illustrations for fashion designer Egon Von Furstenberg, and for Carole Jackson’s “Color Me Beautiful” series of books, and has worked as a fashion illustrator.


Learn from the artist!

Registration is OPEN for these classes. Register today!


Saturdays, January 6 – 27, 10 am – 4 pm 

Morning class 10 am – 12:30 pm,  Tuition $110 (4 classes)
Afternoon class 1 – 4 pm, Tuition $120 (4 classes)
All day class, $200 (4 classes)
20% Member discount applies

Adults, ages 16+
Instructor: Yuki Horikawa

These classes will help intermediate/advanced students develop the fundamental skills and foundational understanding to create their own pastel portraits. Mr. Horikawa will emphasize basic charcoal drawing skills, the fundamental study of human anatomy, portrait composition, and understanding light direction as the essential elements of a portrait. A clothed human model will serve as muse, allowing students time for study of the human figure. This class will be a great opportunity for artists to improve their skills, make friends, and help contribute to the Loveland art community.

About Yuki Horikawa
Mr. Horikawa has developed his own technique with pastel. He creates many layers of fine lines of color layered to create all of the elements of a portrait from lifelike skin tones, to human hair and clothing, as well as the soft and specific surfaces of furniture and interiors. While he is willing to teach his technique, he also believes that it is important for students to discover their own method with pastel as they explore and engage with the medium. His exhibitions have been included in multiple New York art galleries.