July 26th to August 28th 2001
Motorway, The Birches (from the series Moving Windows) silver gelatin print, toner and gouache © Victor Sloan 1985
Victor Sloan is an artist of prodigious versatility and inventiveness. As well as making 'straight' photographs of considerable poise, he scores and scratches his negatives and reworks his prints with gouache or crayon.
Though Sloan is best known for his images of the Orange Order and the marching season, this exhibition includes other bodies of work such as "Belfast Zoo", "Vietnamese Boat People" and "Moving Windows". Mixing intimacy with anonymity, the casual with the formal, Sloan's artistry lies in his ability to bring to the very surface of the image the tensions underlying the apparent normality of life in Northern Ireland.
A substantial catalogue, with an extensive essay by Aidan Dunne, accompanies the show. It is available in the Gallery Bookshop, at a special exhibition price of £20.00
The Private View took place on Thursday 26th July at 6.30pm. The artist was present.
About the artist
Victor Sloan was born in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone in 1945. He studied painting at Belfast College of Art and was recently elected Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy. He has had solo shows in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Mexico and the USA, as well as throughout Ireland and the UK. His work is in many private and public collections including those of the Imperial War Museum, London, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the National Museum for Film, Photography and Television and the Museum of International Contemporary Art, Brazil.
Thanks to Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, and Orchard Gallery, Derry, co-organisers of the exhibition.
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