An exhibition of new paintings by John Potter.
John's new work is a response to his local environment - the natural habitats and industrial surroundings of a small section of the River Thames in Isleworth where he lives and works. Working with a combination of observation, memory and invention, he creates bold, colourful images which lie between landscape and abstraction.
Each day, the artist walks along the Thames observing the changes in the riverscape - the daily ebb and flow of the tides and play of light upon the surface of the water; seasonal changes of colour and light; the slowly rusting, fading boats laying across the river in the boatyard, as their hulls are exposed at low tide. A constantly changing colour palette is revealed and created by the constant movement of the tides.
The resulting paintings develop out of this experience but, rather than being direct representations of physical reality, they attempt to create dream-like spaces, hinting at what lies beyond or beneath the surface. The viewer is encouraged to let their eyes roam across the painting, moving through its different layers and levels rather than fixing on a single focal point or meaning.
John Potter is originally from Merseyside and studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Arts. His work includes painting, prints, multi-media and performance. It has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and a special commission for the London Design Festival. He is based at Redlees Studios, a converted Victorian Stable block in Isleworth, moments from where both Van Gogh and J.M.W Turner lived.
For more information: www.johnpotter.co