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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Oklahoma      Known for: Indian symbolism, mural, abstract painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Poteet Victory (b. 1947)

Born in Idabel, Oklahoma, his talent was recognized at an early age by Harold Stevenson, who also hailed from Idabel and whose abstract expressionism first shocked the New York art scene in the 1950s and ’60s alongside Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jackson Pollock.

Poteet was greatly influenced by his paternal grandmother, Willie Victory, a full-blooded Choctaw-Cherokee Indian, and grew up working on a ranch and riding bulls and horses bareback at the rodeo.  He left Oklahoma after Stevenson encouraged him to study at The Art Students League of New York.  When he returned to Oklahoma, he enrolled at Central State University, Edmond, where he received a BFA in 1986.  He was offered a scholarship for the MFA program at Tulsa University, which he ultimately turned down.

Since the mid-1990s, he has been a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Victory’s colorful paintings are often inspired by Native American culture, becoming progressively abstract and moving away from obvious Native references.

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As time went on, I started dropping out imagery. I was attracted to color and surface."

The paintings begin with something in the objective world but then I distill and interpret it, drawing upon memory,” he relates. “I’m a very physical painter. I love the materials of art, including stretching and preparing my canvases and applying oil pigments with brushes or palette knives. Layering colors, sanding them back, leaving some areas textured and others smooth or reflective is a tactile experience.  I want my paintings to engage all of the viewer’s senses.

Sources include:
Cowboys & Indians, September 2010
Southwest Art, July 2010

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, Poteet Victory from Santa Fe, New Mexico, creates paintings with Native American subject matter.  A major work has been his monumental "Trail of Tears" project in Norman, Oklahoma.  The piece is devoted to themes of healing and cultural understanding.  When completed the painting will be on display at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman and will be installed there permanently after a worldwide tour.

Source: Southwest Art, March 2002

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