Victor Sloan

  July –
August 2001

Image by Victor Sloan from the a selection of his work  at the Gallery of Photography 26 July to 28 August 2001

The Gallery of Photography is pleased to announce a major retrospective of the work of the Northern Ireland artist, Victor Sloan.

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 he 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.

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.

The exhibition was organized by Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, and Orchard Gallery, Derry.