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Gallery 1261
Denver

Moment of Mettā - 慈, 20x16, oil on linen

Mettā - 慈:

Mettā is the philosophy and practice of universal love;

Mettā is the basis for compassion. When our Mettā meets another’s suffering, then our Mettā transforms into compassion;

Mettā is a benevolence toward all beings, without discrimination, that is free of selfish …

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Vincent Xeus’s atmospheric portraits are driven by a reverence for Italian and Dutch Old Master paintings as well as a desire to challenge classical constraints. “I loved their traditions and I had an equally strong desire to break away from it,” he has said of 16th- and 17th-century artists. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.” After immigrating to the United States from China to pursue a career in architecture, Xeus shifted his focus to oil painting. In portraits of historical figures, cultural idols, and personal friends, Xeus combines traditional techniques such as impasto and chiaroscuro with bold strokes and idiosyncratic details that disrupt otherwise classical compositions. In his “Fragmented Traditions” series, paint splatters interrupt diaphanous dresses, passages of color slide off faces, and outlines are diffused by an all-over dappled effect.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Small WorksGallery 1261
2018
ONE: Vincent Xeus Solo ExhibitionGallery 1261
2015
Hue is Full / A Thousand Faces | Vincent Xeus Solo ExhibitionGallery 1261
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Moment of Metta, 2014

Oil
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
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Location
Denver
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Gallery 1261
Denver

Moment of Mettā - 慈, 20x16, oil on linen

Mettā - 慈:

Mettā is the philosophy and practice of …

Medium

Vincent Xeus’s atmospheric portraits are driven by a reverence for Italian and Dutch Old Master paintings as well as a desire to challenge classical constraints. “I loved their traditions and I had an equally strong desire to break away from it,” he has said of 16th- and 17th-century artists. “This conflict gave me struggle, and the struggle kept painting alive for me.” After immigrating to the United States from China to pursue a career in architecture, Xeus shifted his focus to oil painting. In portraits of historical figures, cultural idols, and personal friends, Xeus combines traditional techniques such as impasto and chiaroscuro with bold strokes and idiosyncratic details that disrupt otherwise classical compositions. In his “Fragmented Traditions” series, paint splatters interrupt diaphanous dresses, passages of color slide off faces, and outlines are diffused by an all-over dappled effect.

Selected exhibitions (3)