Poteet Victory – Artist Bio

 

b. 1948

New Mexico, Modern Indian Symbolism, Mural 

Poteet Victory’s natural talent was recognized at an early age by Harold Stevenson, one of the foremost figures of the modern pop art movement. Stevenson, whose abstract expressionism first shocked the New York art scene in the 1950s and ’60s alongside Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jackson Pollock, happened to hail from a small town called Idabel, Oklahoma. Which is where he discovered an eager young protégé by the name of Robert Poteet.

The young 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 learned to appreciate his hardscrabble heritage, adopting his grandmother’s last name, and her sense of self-discipline.

Victory first left Oklahoma after Stevenson encouraged him to study at The Art Students League of New York, where artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Norman Rockwell have honed their skills.Victory’s work has become progressively abstract, moving away from obvious Native references to a more ethereal style. His art often appears to be painted on metal, but the smooth, reflective quality is actually created through the application of varnishes he creates himself and by sanding the painting between each coat. Victory says of his ability. “Art is a gift; it is flowing through you.”

Source: “Cowboy and Indians Magazine”, September 2010