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Red River Contemporary Acrylic On Canvas By John Potter

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H: 150cm W: 150cm D: 4cm

An abstract painting by artist John Potter titled Red River.

Artist's Biography & Statement:

I am an abstract artist whose work focuses on my immediate surroundings. Having studied at Chelsea and Camberwell colleges of art, for many years I combined my practice with a full-time career in galleries, but recently decided to focus entirely on my own work for the first time. I am inspired by a small section of the River Thames in west London, which I walk each day. Most usually created in series, my paintings are an expression of that experience through colour. Beginning with the memory of a specific walk, I build up multiple layers of paint, moving between areas of impasto and delicate washes of colour, repeatedly thickening and thinning each layer until a complex balance of surfaces, colours and forms is reached. Whilst the paintings are rooted in my own experience, they relate to universal notions of time, memory and place avoiding didactic meaning so that each viewer can find their own interpretation.

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Artist Spotlight | John Potter

John Potter works with a unique and complex technique that he has developed over many years into his own personal style. Starting with automatic, unconscious drawing onto photographic film with a blade, he projects and draws the resulting image onto a larger scale surface, cutting it out into templates which then act as the underlying structure for paintings.

His works are abstract by nature with a strong awareness of colour which is built up through gestural layers of paint to both reveal and cover up the initial compositional mark making. This creates a spatial ambiguity and unites the two aspects of his process. Often created in series, his paintings may also reference themes of art history, music and memory of place.

John holds degrees in fine art from Chelsea and Camberwell colleges of art.