BIOGRAPHY

"Realism that is too real...doesn't...work."        Mark W. Potter

 
Path to Connecticut studio.

Path to Connecticut studio.

Adirondack studio, early years.

Adirondack studio, early years.

 

MARK WINSLOW POTTER

Born: October 27, 1929.

Grew up:  Scarborough and Ossining, NY.

Studied: Art Student's League under George Grosz, Bernard Klonis, Robert Brackman.  At Yale, under Joseph Albers.

Graduated: Yale University, 1952.  B.A. Art

Married: Barbara Baldwin, 1952.  Built CT studio, 1955.

Raised: Five children in Woodbury, CT where he lived and painted 40 years.

Maintained: Adirondack studio and painted there summers throughout his life.

Taught: Painting/Drawing ~The Taft School, 1955-1995. "Painted Space: Problems and Concepts," a College Seminar at Yale University,   1979.

Painted: Watercolors for Merchant Ivory film:  The Europeans, 1979.

Died: December 1995, after a short illness at age 66.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

Graham Gallery, NYC   1965-1967

Adirondack Museum, NY   1994

Lake Placid Center for the Arts, NY   1994

David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York, NY   1997, 1998

Randall Tuttle Art Gallery, CT   1979, 1983, 1991

Washington Art Association, CT   1976, 1984, 2000

Woodbury Library Gallery, CT   1980

Colonial Gallery, Waterbury, CT   1965

Taft School Spring Exhibition, Watertown, CT   1964

Sharon Playhouse Gallery, CT   1963

Decoy Gallery, Kennett Square, PA   1962

 
 

short video clip of Mark Winslow Potter

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Academy of Fine Arts - Nat'l Traveling Exhibit    1985

American Artist Mag. Top 100 Paintings   1985

Washington Art Association 1976, 1980, 1982

Nat'l Academy of Design   1964, 1969

Audubon Artists    1962

American Watercolor Society   1962, 1966

Waterbury Arts Festival   1961, 1966

New Haven Festival of the Arts   1959, 1970

Wadsworth Athenaeum   1959.

Silvermine Guild - Art of the Northeast Exhibition   1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1977, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1994.

 

SELECTED  PUBLIC  COLLECTIONS

Adirondack Museum,   New Britain Museum of American Art,   Yale Univ. Divinity School,  Beineke Library,   U.S. Dept. of Commerce,   Midland Bank Art Gallery,   Doris Duke Collection,   Highland Search Group,   Bank Boston,   Heublein Inc.

 
 

AWARDS - PRIZES 

1956, The Jury of Silvermine’s Art of the Northeast Exhibition awarded  Barn Interior #1 for Best Oil Painting.  

1959, Juror Lloyd Goodrich awarded  Spilt Basket Best Watercolor at the Silvermine's Art of the Northeast Exhibition.  

1963, Juror Lloyd Goodrich awarded  Augusta and Her House a Watercolor Award at Silvermine's Art of the Northeast Exhibition.

1966, Snow Fields received Best in Show at Waterbury’s Festival of Arts.

1971, Juror Lawrence Alloway selected Spilt Basket the Landscape Painting (oil) Award at Silvermine’s 22nd Art of the Northeast Exhibition.

1985, Juror Hilton Kramer selected Bathers at Judson’s Farm for a Painting Award at the Silvermine 36th Art of the Northeast Exhibition.

1985 American Artist magazine selected Bathers at Judson’s Farm one of the year’s Top 100 Paintings.

1987, Juror Patterson Sims awarded Grandson  a Painting Award at the  Art of the Northeast Exhibition.

 

EARLY LIFE    

Annual pilgrimages up the Hudson to the unspoiled wilderness of a family enclave in the Adirondacks highlighted and informed Potter's early  years. It is hard to overstate  its influence upon Potter, especially as modernity encroached.   

Too young to serve in WWII with his father and older brother, Potter spent those formative summers exploring the mountains and forests  of the Adirondacks alone with his sketch pad.   At night, by oil lamp,  Potter's favorite books, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle, fired his imagination.

Potter's early works reveal Andrew Wyeth's influence in their respect for tone and structural minimalism.  The remembrance of things past,  from the loss of the Connecticut farms to the virgin forests of the Adirondacks, so evident in his early work, also haunts the canvasses of his later years where Potter built on austere compositions with richer color.

Sometimes described as a "magic realist", Potter's later work continued to be infused with mystery as well as hints of fantasy.

 

REMEMBERED

::  "Mark Potter Pictures and Words"  by Langdon Quin.

::  "Mark Potter  1929-1995: Selected Works"   March-April 1997.  David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, NYC.

::  "Mark W. Potter '48"  By Lance R. Odden, Headmaster.   The Taft School Bulletin, Spring 1996.

::    Mark W. Potter Education Center at Adirondack Museum.