As a painter, Victor Sweatt is unquestionably a realist. His images are recognizable and assured in the expressiveness of the human form, yet there is also a potent emotional quality that reaches for expressionism. It is there in the evocative gestures and postures of his figures, but it is also evidenced in the landscapes that have most recently occupied him.
The detail and sense of place is confident, but the development of surface and the delicate placement of color connect to Sweatt’s more subjective compositions of musicians, farmers, parishioners, and others, which often have a slightly surreal quality, a heightened observation of the flavor of a scene. In these pastorals, such as “Morning Dew,” there is a palpable sense of discovery in how the light delineates the dimensionality of the space surrounding the petals, a glimpse into another universe at our feet that we take for granted.
A long-time teacher and mentor for kids in west Louisville, Sweatt is currently seeking funding for "Speak Up", a children’s book that empowers them against child molestation, educating youth about the negative effects of under age drinking and setting positive goals.
Sweatt was born in Louisville. The oldest of three sons, Sweatt was raised in a single-family household. He credits his mother for his strength and determination, which helped him to survive and excel in the challenged west side neighborhoods in Louisville. He has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions, and appears in public and private collections throughout the United States. In 2015, his work was included in the Louisville Visual Art exhibit, Presence and Place at Metro Hall in Louisville, KY. Sweat is a signature member of the Louisville Visual Art, the Kentucky Artist Pastel Society, and the Kentucky Watercolor Society.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
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