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Born in Dallas, Texas, David Potwin is the oldest of three children. Potwin first put brush to canvas at 8 years old. He travelled extensively throughout his life and has had a variety of art related positions from a fine arts publisher in New York City to a special effects painter at Astroworld Amusement Park in Houston, Texas.
I describe my style as Conceptual Realism.
Painting is a synthesis that considers the myriad aspects of human awareness, expressed in visual form. Melding together philosophy, physics, sociology, emotion, mysticism, and eroticism with craftmanship.
He adds: 'Many of my paintings, still lifes, landscapes, underwater scenes are meant to be eye candy. I sometimes feel that perhaps my style is too broad, but I am not a one trick pony.'
In 1994, Potwin was sentenced to federal prison which he describes as the most cathartic event in his life. 'this black sense of loss became a lens that focused my innate creative drive to crystalline clarity,' says Potwin. Since his incarceration, Potwin has dedicated time to not only building his 'Family' of paintings but also to helping other inmates realize their artisitic and creative abilities by teaching art classes and music lessons at the correctional facility. 'Believe it or not, during these past years as an art teacher to inmates, I have had the opportunity to light a spark in the minds of a considerable number of disenfranchised individuals who only lacked the encouragement and the opportunity to discover their latent talents. Their pride of accomplishment is my reward', says Potwin.
Growing up playing the guitar and singing, Potwin formed his first band at 14 years old, and his love of music continues to grow. Potwin has taken on responsibility for requesting recreational budget monies that enable inmates to realize their own artistic talents.
Writing also plays a key role in Potwin's life. the artist has just finished the challenge of putting pen to paper. He has just completed his first novel based on his unique view of life in Federal Prison. After 14 years , he offers credible and reliable insight. 'Its sort of a Hogan's Heroes meets Gulag Archapelago', is all that Potwin will say. We are sure the novel will be as complex and intriguing as Potwin's already conquered challenge of putting brush to canvas.
'My inspiration is drawn from many quarters. To list all of the great artists who have inspired me would be some list indeed. What I continually seek is to refine my vision and my craft. My goal is to create a body of work that is multi-layered and resonates with common man as well as the initiated. And naturally, I'd like to find nice homes for my 'children' as well!' says Potwin.
Thank you for visiting, and I do appreciate any comments, critiques, remarks! H David Potwin
My brother does not have internet access, so I am keeping up this website as a favor to him. I believe he is very talented and his work needs to be seen. I will pass on your comments to him. They mean the world to him, literally. Thank you so much for visiting and please come back often!*