Persona: Portraits by Yuki Horikawa
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.