Up and Over
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.