Images of children also grace many of these canvases.
renders the young girls in his compositions with glowing whites, pinks, and yellows, such that they appear suffused with light, almost diaphanous. Errant brushstrokes and paint splatters interrupt the illusion, reminding viewers of the two-dimensionality of the canvas and the materiality of paint. Works such as these reflect his reverence for the
, as well as his urge to forge his own artistic path. “I loved their traditions and I had an equally strong desire to break away from [them],” he once explained
. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.” Xeus, of course, speaks only for himself. But as the works on view seem to suggest, his sentiment could be shared by the rest of the diverse artists in this show.