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Victor Troutman's "Woman on an island with sun and candles." Photo courtesy of the estate of Victor Troutman

The estate of internationally-acclaimed painter Victor L. Troutman will be loaning more than 50 of his works to the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, main library, 211 E. Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, from Oct. 13 through Nov.10, with an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., and a closing reception on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Troutman (1944-2017) lived in Kentucky and Indiana, and spent his final years in Jeffersonville. A completely self-taught artist, his award-winning work was exhibited during his lifetime in the Speed Art Museum, the University of Louisville, the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, and many galleries, including the Swanson Cralle Gallery, Optimystics Gallery, Lionheart Gallery, and Gallery JanJobe.

A practicing artist since the 1960s, he stopped painting for 20 years due to debilitating depression. His healing path led him to art therapy, where he confronted the conflicts and challenges that were his perceived obstacles to happiness. When Troutman began to paint again, he unleashed emotion and imagination as his brush told his story. Troutman's paintings became deeper, richer and many-layered — a virtual fountain of color, symbols, line and forms.

Victor’s son, Michael V. Troutman, who is also a visual artist, recalls: “My father’s art came from suffering and solitude. He lived a hard life of multiple near-death experiences and lost many things and people that he loved; so in isolation, he limited his involvement with the outside world to preserve the memory of moments he found most precious, not necessarily documenting their details but capturing their sentiment. He was a very emotional man who felt deeply.”

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Victor Troutman's "The Arrangement." Photo courtesy of the estate of Victor Troutman

Troutman experimented with many styles, from abstract to impressionist to surrealist to representational. His artwork is a reflection of life, ranging from the hardships and struggles of the everyday to the highest aspirations of love and the sublime. Each work tells its own unique story, and Troutman always invited the viewer to find his/her own meaning. For more information, visit www.VictorTroutman.com.

An opening reception — which will include refreshments, a remembrance of Victor Troutman, and live music and poetry performance by Ron Whitehead and The Storm Generation Band — will be held at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, main library, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Second Floor Art Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

A closing reception will be held at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, main library, on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the North Program Room and Second Floor Art Gallery. At 2 p.m., a distinguished panel of guest speakers will lead a special discussion entitled “Naked Women & Naughty Words: Censorship & Self-Censorship in Public Art” and additional paintings by Troutman will be shown at that time. From 3 to 4 p.m., refreshments will be served and guests may visit Troutman’s work throughout the library. This event is free and open to the public.

Troutman’s paintings will be available in the second-floor gallery of the main library building as well as the North and South display cases during normal hours of operation.

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