This painting, an exercise in duality, is part of a series by the artist that explores the idea of the shadow. Some cultures believe silhouettes are an extension of the individuals they follow and are symbolic of souls. Without a shadow, a person lacks something essential or is perhaps not even human. Throughout history, stories and cultural ideas about shadows contribute to views of this world and the next.
About this series, Potter says: "I have always been intrigued by the concept of the shadow acting as a character within a scene. Generally speaking, you cannot have a figure present without also having its shadow tag along. The shadow follows the figure, and I find myself interested in telling the figure's story with its shadow rather than its traditional bodily form."
Drawing from his background as a billboard painter, Hunter Potter’s poppy paintings celebrate the minutiae of daily life on a monumental scale. The artist uses a bold color palette and whimsical, geometric figures inspired by American folklore. Potter’s paintings depict criminals, fighters, runaways and other underdogs; the artist’s subjects are reminiscent of characters from novels by John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway and Larry McMurtry.
Hunter Potter was born in Syracuse, New York in 1990. The artist received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont in 2013.
Solo exhibitions of Potter’s work have taken place at: Primary Projects in Miami, Florida (2022); Ross+Kramer Gallery in East Hampton, New York (2021); Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2021); and Public Gallery in London, UK (2020); among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Potter’s work have taken place at: the CAN Art Fair Ibiza with L21 Gallery in Ibiza, Spain (2022); Marquee Projects in Bellport, New York (2022); Deli Grocery in Queens, New York (2021); Collaborations in Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); Gallería Fran Reus in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2021); and KÖNIG GALERIE in Berlin, Germany (2021); among others.
Potter was the recipient of a Roger Smith Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont in 2018. The artist has participated in residencies, including: the L21 Lab Residency in Mallorca, Spain (2021); The Fores Project in London, UK (2020); the PLOP Residency in London, UK (2019); among others.
Potter lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.