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Richard Pottas, watercolour artist, was born in 1951. He studied at Birmingham College of Art and Design, gaining an honours degree in Fine Art Painting and Art History. While studying he had his first work exhibited at the ICA in 1970 and won a major award in the Midland Open Painting Show of 1971. Graduating in 1972, he continued to create and exhibit his own paintings at the same time as developing his career as an educator through art. In 2006 he stood down as Faculty Leader in Art and Design to become a full-time artist.
Richard Pottas's work has undergone many changes over the last twenty years but the last ten years has seen him increasingly concentrate on interpreting surface pattern as found in vegetation. This interpretation has produced two very different directions to travel and, although on first viewing the link may not be immediately obvious, the two are totally related and dependant on each other. Work produced from visits to the South of France showing the effects of heat on plant form, are then developed, further concentrating on surface pattern and layering, and eventually stylised into geometric repetitive pattern. The use of resist to achieve depth and varying edge qualities is an integral part of the process.
Richard Pottas is happy to acknowledge the debt he owes to aspects of Japanese and Chinese art in the realisation of some of his work. End products are produced in series and create challenging, though at the same time subtle surface pattern.
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