The visual arts have been a lifelong occupation for Xavier Phelp. He has worked in a number of media, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, kinetic art, constructions and fine-art photography; creating works with dimensions from less that one inch to more that 20 feet. He comes from a line of artists. His father was a fine draughtsman and created both two dimensional and three dimensional visual art. His aunt worked as a full time painter in oils and acrylics, and his daughter directs commercial artists.

Xavier Phelp was educated at Bristol University, University College London, and Stanford University.


Artist Statement

Born to a father, a political refugee, imprisoned for his nationality, shot through the chest, saved by a stranger who subsequently bore me. As an infant, homeless, perplexed by the thud of bombs exploding. At puberty, found that I was closest to foreigners, refugees and subversives. Married someone from a different continent, who had suffered at the hands of bigots.

Taunted as an enemy alien, arrested for possession of recorded music, separated by authorities from my family, crossing borders illicitly, mounted police trampling me underfoot. My relatives persecuted by the secret police simply because of their relationship to me, and dying at the hands of the regime.

Is it any wonder that I discovered release in an engagement with art and pure aesthetics. Is it any wonder that I find myself creating works concerned with politics and social issues.


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Selected Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions and Awards


November 2015: 88th MSA Members Show, juried exhibition.

January 2015: Arc Gallery: Impulse, curated exhibition

October 2014: Landscapes, Seascapes and Urbanscapes, juried exhitbition at Pacific Art League, Palo Alto

September 2014:  Grand Opening Exhibition at Pacific Art League, Palo Alto

May 2014: Curated solo show.  Cafe Vogue, San Francisco

December 2013: Distinctive Views.  Solo Show at Misho Gallery

November 2013: ArtSpan Open Studios

October 2013: Spaced Together.  Misho Gallery

October 2013: Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center

June 2013: Surfaces Exhibition.  Misho Gallery

March 2013: Spring Open Studios.  Misho Gallery

March 2013:  Photo Nouveau Inaugural Exhibition at Misho Gallery

February 2013: Blues.  Misho Gallery

January 2013: The Guerrilla Show. Juried Exhibition. Arc Gallery
December 2012: Trios and Quartets. Curated solo exhibition at Misho Gallery

October 2012: ArtSpan Open Studios, exhibits at ArtSpan and Misho Gallery
August 2012: Photo Nouveau Exhibition at Swiss Consulate, San Francisco
July 2012: Presentation and Discussion of Work at Village des Arts, Dakar, Senegal
June 2012: Reflections exhibition at Misho Gallery
April 2012: Open Studio at Misho Gallery
March 2012: Founder Member of Photo Nouveau
March 2012: Nominated for participation in Juried Art Show and Auction at ArtSpan
February 2012: Abstract Landscapes exhibition at Misho Gallery
February 2012: South of Market Artist's Coalition exhibition at Flax Art and Design
January 2012: Invited to be permanently represented at Misho Gallery
October 2011: ArtSpan Open Studios, exhibits at ArtSpan and Arc Gallery
July 2011: Arc Studio Artists Group Show
June 2011: Curated exhibition at San Francisco Travel Group
April 2011: Open Studios at ARC Gallery, San Francisco
March 2011: Curated Art Show and Auction, ArtSpan
February 2011: Perceptions. Curated Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, Misho Gallery
December 2010: Art Explosion Winter Exhibition
November 2010: Curated Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, Bacchus Bar
October 2010: ArtSpan Open Studios, exhibits at ArtSpan and Art Explosion
May 2010: Camerawork: Roll Call
March 2010: Ugallery, Curated Web Gallery
June 2009: Camerawork, San Francisco: Ersatz Group