Xan Sinclair Koonce

The desire to understand spirituality and its transformational power motivates my work. My objective is to magnify nature beyond its literal meaning to explore the relationship between nature and spirituality.


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Xan Sinclair Koonce was born and raised in West Texas where the only vivid color that permeated the bleak landscape was the endless blue sky. Today, she resides in Georgetown, Texas, where she has grown to appreciate the color and beauty that Central Texas reveals.

Xan is an artist who embodies the synthesis of abstract expressionism with the palette of Matisse. It is precisely this fusion of spontaneity and color that has produced a rich and expressive body of work.  Her interest is taking the beauty she sees and abstracting it to gain greater insight.  Once inspired, she unapologetically applies seductive and radiant colors.  She combines the random actions of painting with controlled, deliberated mark-making in an effort to describe each form, oftentimes appearing like floral or plantlike structures.

By exploring the relationship between nature, humankind, and spirituality allows her to further identify the commonalities.  The desire to look beyond the literal within her surroundings and to further understand this relationship and its transformational power drives her work.  She believes that we live in a world where we are encompassed by constant negativity that is oftentimes exhibited through the media, social settings, etc.  Furthermore, she is convinced one entertains these negative thoughts oftentimes unaware.  Therefore, her primary interest is to convey an aesthetic experience through pure qualities of color, line, texture and composition and for her art to be a force for all that is positive, inspiring and beautiful.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Radius, Cerulean Gallery, Oil Paintings, Amarillo, Texas, March, 2015

2014 From Every VoiceSarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, April 2014

2012-2013 Gallery Georgetown, Hill Design + Gallery, Georgetown, Texas, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013

2011 Perspectives, Hill Design + Gallery, Georgetown, Texas, Oct-Nov 2011

2009 Creative Influences, McNeese State University, Printmaking, Lake Charles, LA, July, 2009

2009 Uncommon CompositesCerulean Gallery,Oil Paintings, Dallas, Texas, Feb-Mar., 2009

2008-2009 A Common Thread, JSpace, Oil Paintings, Marble Falls, Texas, Oct. 2008

2008 Vivid ImaginationCerulean Gallery, Oil Paintings, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 2008

2008 Inner SectionCerulean Gallery, Oil Paintings, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 2008

2008 GX Creative Communications, Oil Paintings, Georgetown, Texas, January, 2008

2007 ColorblindedCerulean Gallery, Oil Paintings, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 2007

2007 Texas A & M Medical Research Library, Solo Exhibition of Oil Paintings, College Station, Texas, May – Aug., 2007

2007 IlluminationsCerulean Gallery, Oil Paintings, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 2007

2006 SpectrumCerulean Gallery, Oil Paintings, Dallas, Texas, Aug., 2006

2004 Alumni Art Exhibition, The Fine Arts Gallery, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, October, 2004

2001 The Children’s Hospital of Austin Auxiliary – 2nd Annual Art Exhibition, Renaissance Hotel, Austin, Texas, October, 2001.

2001 Painting Exhibition, Printmaking, SarofimSchool of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, April, 2001

2000 Painting Exhibition, Abstract Oil Painting,Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University,

Georgetown, Texas, November 1999

1999 Painting Exhibition, Abstract Oil Painting,Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, November 1999

1997 Figurative Sculpture Exhibition, Self-portrait/Abstract Marble Sculpture, SarofimSchool Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, November, 1997

1996 Painting I Exhibition, Still Life, SarofimSchool Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, November, 1996

1996 Drawing I Exhibition, Sarofim School Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, April, 1996

1995 Ceramics Exhibition, Wheel-thrown Bowls and Ginger Jars, Sarofim School Fine Arts,Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, April, 1995

1994 Ceramic Exhibition, Hand-built Clay Vessels,Sarofim School Fine Arts, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, Nov. 1994

 

EDUCATION

2005 BA, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

RELATED VOLUNTEER OUTREACH

2007 Served on the art committee for Seton Medical Center Williamson, Round Rock, Texas.