I paint to pay homage to the characters and lifestyles for which I yearn. Though the paintings are undeniably exaggerated and fantastical, they are a direct result of the small-town, blue-collar, Americana environment in which I grew up and continue to remain so strongly connected to. Similar to the folklore that is passed around such settings, the paintings are neither past nor present, fact nor fiction, right nor wrong, but more so a combination of it all.
On a technical level, I am interested in the distortion of space and narrative via the endless possibilities of painterly mark making. Through the juxtaposition of style, technique, and medium, as well as the abandonment of perspective, scale, and focus, the work begs the viewer to slow down and analyze the image piece by piece, bit by bit, in order to fully appreciate or understand the whole. Like individual sentences coming together to form a flowing paragraph, so to can the marks of the airbrush, paint roller, spatula, and collage coexist on canvas in the creation of a single narrative.
b. 1990 Syracuse, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
University of Vermont – Burlington, VT
o BA with Honors, Studio Art
o Presidential Scholarship recipient
Painting Apprentice – Colossal Media; New York, NY
Studio Assistant – Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki; New York, NY
Vermont Studio Center – Johnson, VT
o Roger Smith Artist Fellowship recipient
Sam and Adele Golden Foundation℠ for the Arts, Inc. – New Berlin, NY
Recent Solo Exhibitions
Color and Context – Roger Smith Hotel; New York, NY
Freaks and Geeks – Chinatown Soup; Manhattan, NY
Recent Group Exhibitions
The Gear Factory Show – Gear Factory; Syracuse, NY
May Salon Show – Greenpoint Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
April Salon Show – Greenpoint Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Press and Publications
Maria Vogel, “Artist Interview: Hunter Potter”, Art of Choice, August 2018.
Stacey Rowe, "Soaking it all in, The Swan Dive's splashing visuals", (585) Magazine, July 2018.
Taj Alexander, “Hunter Potter: Abstract Painter”, The Open Canvas Podcast, February 2018.
Vinnie Depalma, “How To Relate: Figures by Hunter Potter”, ArtBlitz Los Angeles, December 2016.
Ellen Leahy, “Artist Profile: Marcellus abstract expressionist painter Hunter Potter working in Brooklyn”, Skaneateles Journal/Auburn Pub, April 2016.