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Nick Potter

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20140812220754-drowned_world_aug_12
The Drowned World, 2014 Oil on Panel 5.5ft X 7ft © Nick Potter
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Darkness at Noon, 2013 Oil on Canvas 5.5ft X 10ft © Nick Potter
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Tiergarten, 2013 Oil on Canvas 66 X 84 X 4 Inches © Nick Potter
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Lakeshore, 2012 Oil on Canvas 66 X 84 X 4 Inches © Nick Potter
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‘Between the Rur river and Aachen’, 2013 Oil on Canvas 5.5 X 10 X 4 Feet © Nick Potter
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Utopia 14, 2013 Oil on Panel 36 X 48 X 3 Inches © Nick Potter
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Diane, London, 1984., 2016 Oil on Panel 20 X 14 X 3 Inches © Nick Potter
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Things Fall Apart, 2014 Oil on Canvas 48 X 48 X 4 Inches © Nick Potter
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Consider Differing Fading Systems, 2013 Oil on Panel 2ft X 2ft and 2ft X 3ft © Nick Potter
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Mega Block A, 2012 Oil on Panel 3ft X 4ft © Nick Potter
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Spatial Mythology, 2010 Oil on Canvas 5.5ft X 7ft © Nick Potter
20131112182416-barcafrontoct5
Barcelona Exterior, 2010 Oil on Canvas 66 X 84 X 4 Inches © Nick Potter
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Guilt and Longing, 2015 Oil on Canvas 28 X 40 X 3 Inches
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Imperium, 2015 Oil on Panel 36 X 48 X 2 Inches © Nick Potter
20160327182933-orientalism_march_27
Orientalism, 2016 Oil on Panel 48 X 72 X 3 Inches © Nick Potter
20160707063816-europe_endless_july_6f
Europe Endless, 2016 Oil on Canvas 66 X 84 X 3 Inches © Nick Potter
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Syncretism, 2016 Oil on Canvas 24 X 24 X 2 Inches © Nick Potter
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Differing Fading Systems, 2016 Oil on Canvas 66 X 84 © Nick Potter
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
London, England
Birth year
1971
Lives in
California
Works in
Fresno
Schools
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, MFA
Tags
architectural, mid century modern, realism, modern
ARTIST STATEMENT / INFO

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Attempts to create utopian societies often remain most visible in their architectural designs. Whether Roman, Renaissance, Modernist, Soviet, or Fascist, attempts to construct ideal cities are only realized for brief moments.

It can be argued that the greatest examples of a cultures architecture reflect its ideologies and values. The architecture becomes a form of propaganda.

Idealized, pseudo-utopias are often highly seductive. On the surface we see an appealing, perfected world. But as one contemplates the ideal further, we realize these paradises are false. As one looks more closely, the sinister realities of unchecked late-capitalism, imperialism, fundamentalism and fascism begin to emerge.


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BIOGRAPHY:

Nick was born and raised in London, England. Much of the artwork he produced there was fueled by the banality of everyday spaces, particularly the elevators, lobbies and corridors of tower blocks and public spaces.

After completing graduate studies at the Birmingham Art Institute, Nick moved to the U.S in 1999, where he taught at Florida State University for two years before moving to California.

His current works reflect on modernist architectural spaces, images of power, class and materialism that represent fears about existence and isolation. His seductive depictions of artificial utopias, create tension and anxiety that remind us of the foreboding doubt that lingers only slightly below the surface of our desires.

Nick is currently a tenured Associate Professor at California State University, Fresno, and was on sabbatical from December 2009 to August 2010.

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EXHIBITIONS:

2016-
'1000 UTOPIAS',
Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, California..

2015-
'FLESHED OUT',
Q Art Salon, Santa Ana, California.

2014-
'HOME',
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California.

2013-
‘DYSTOPIAN ROMANCE’,
Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, California.

2010-
‘DOLCE DYSTOPIA’,
Evergreen Valley College, San Jose, California.

2009-
‘SOCIETY OF SPECTACLE’,
Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City,
Los Angeles, California.

2008-
‘GIFTED’,
Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City,
Los Angeles, California.

2007-
‘PAINT JOB’,
Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, California.

‘UTOPIAN NIGHTMARES : DYSTOPIAN DAYDREAMS’,
Collaboration combining recent video by Conrad Gleber, Director of Digital Art, La Salle University, and paintings by Nick Potter.
The La Salle University Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2006-
‘UTOPIA’,
Solo exhibition of digital works exploring simulation and artificiality. Residence Gallery, London, England.