Linda and Dr. Richard Kelley with Vincent and Stella Xeus
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
Linda Kelley, an acclaimed artist herself, discovered the work of Vincent Xeus and added one of his paintings to her own collection. She and husband Dr. Richard Kelley hosted what they called an intimate holiday reception in his honor to celebrate his much-anticipated solo exhibition at Gallery 1261. Stella Xeus was by his side, as his wife and business partner. Their love story began when they met at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a high honors bachelor’s degree in architecture. (Also, an MBA with Columbia Fellow Awards from Columbia University.) Vincent was born in China and began artistic training during his childhood. His artworks are in renowned public and private collections as well as exhibited in landmark museums and galleries worldwide. He is the recipient of international awards from such prestigious institutions as Portrait Society of America and International Art Renewal Center. Xeus currently lives and creates in Manhattan and Napa Valley.
From late 2018-2020, Xeus is working with the Kennedy Family to create a solo touring exhibition. This particular body of work will explore the iconic and historical moments when the female members of the family made an extraordinary impact on our society. He believes that the power of art and beauty can bridge ideological gaps and heal psychological wounds. Through his artistry, he hopes to inspire people to connect using visual forms of communication, relating to one another through art.
Stella Xeus with friends Linda and Jimmy Yip
DU’s Vice-Chancellor Armin Afsahi, Don and Susan Sturm
Dick and Jeanne Saunders with the Jackie O painting. Photos by Scottie Iverson
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