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Works by Victor Victori

Open Jan. 19-Feb. 24 in Wilson Fine Art Gallery


Submitted on January 16, 2018

The Wilson Fine Art Gallery at Georgetown College welcomes works by Victor Victori. The exhibit, entitled Studio in the Water: Early Paintings, will be available for all to see from Jan. 19 through Feb. 24, 2018. An Opening Reception and Artist Talk is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery.

Humans are unpredictable by nature, often displaying facades divergent from their true and dynamic disposition. However, the truth is an amalgam of multiple moods and mindsets that are essentially impossible to express at one time.

‘Multiplism,’ a style Victori began shaping in the 1970s, captures that truth and depicts subjects' changing emotions, shifts in personality, and the life-long transformations that occur over the course of time. No single person can be explained by a snapshot of their life because every life is an elaborate story - a series of emotionally different experiences. Multiplism paints this story: the complex motion of life, time, and the reasons we are human.

Victori was born in 1943 as the third of six children in a small peach farming village outside of Seoul, South Korea. Victori started drawing and painting portraits at the age of 4 with aspirations to travel the globe. After enduring years of the Korean War as a young child and later serving in the Air Force, he left in 1969 and traveled through Europe studying the works of old masters including his most revered icons Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Michelangelo. During these travels, Victori slowly developed his own techniques in Paris where he lived solemnly for 2 years in the small artist village of Montmartre. In 1972 he immigrated to the United States and undertook his first project on US soil -- a mural of all the U.S. Presidents. After receiving a personal invitation and thank you letter from President Nixon, Victori delivered the painting to the White House in 1973 where it hands to this day.

During the 70's and 80’s, Victori traveled the country working as a portrait artist with his identity often fluctuating between celebrity status and starving artist. He started his own gallery at 230 Park Avenue in New York City which he ran with his wife Maria that would last the greater part of the 90's decade. Victori's career and experience in portrait work spanned much of his adult life; however, he managed to focus on developing a unique and divergent style of painting called Multiplism.

Having gazed upon so many thousands of faces during his career, Victori realized that a single instance of time frozen in a portrait hides the multiple moods, emotions, and states of mind concealed behind a stationary, fixed expression. Victori began developing this style of art in the 1970s and continues to evolve its meaning, composition, and grandeur to this day. He currently works out of his private studios where he not only focuses on paintings but mural and large-scale sculpture work as well.

He is the father to five grown sons and lives with his wife Maria in Rutherford, NJ. Victori and his youngest son Edward are the subjects of a feature-length documentary directed by Michael Melamedoff entitled “Victori: The Truth Just Can’t Be One Thing” released in 2015.

The Wilson Fine Art Gallery is located on the first level of the Wilson Fine Art Building on the Georgetown College campus. It is at the convergence of East College and South Mulberry Streets in Georgetown, Ky. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information, visit www.georgetowncollege.edu/galleries.

Samantha Simpson is Gallery Director and Curator of Collections at Georgetown College. Her phone number is 502-863-8399


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