John Potter

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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