Born in Dungannon, County Tyrone and educated at Belfast and Leeds Colleges of Art, Victor Sloan began his art practice as an abstract painter but turned to photography. He lives and works in Portadown, County Armagh.
Employing primarily the medium of photography, he manipulates his negatives and reworks his prints with paints, inks, toners and dyes. In addition to photography, he also uses video, installation and printmaking techniques.
Sequences of separate series of artworks entitled ‘Drumming’; ‘The Walk, the Platform and the Field’; ‘Walls’ and ‘The Birches’ explore the role of photographs and the social and political impact of the events at their centre.
Sloan was awarded an MBE in 2002. He is an academician of the Royal Ulster Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
His work has been shown in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia and included in important group exhibitions of Irish art such as ‘Directions Out’, DHG (1987), ‘Divisions, Crossroads, Turns of Mind: New Irish Art’ (1986) and ‘Irish Art of the Eighties’, DHG (1990). It can be seen in the collections of the UM, ACNI, NSPC at the UL, Imperial War Museum, London and the Media Museum, Bradford.