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Wyatt Pottorff
Born 1996, Page, Arizona

Education


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, 2020

Solo Shows

2023    - Conjured Image, The Residency At 821, Asheville, NC, May 10th to June 7th

2021    - Interrupted Worlds, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO, March 5th to 27th

2018    - Belongingness and its Abstract Notions, CFA Downtown Studio, Albuquerque, NM

Group Shows 

2024      - Past Lives, Splendorporium, Portland, OR, April 5th to 25th

2023    Art As Power, Blind Insect, Portland, OR, November 30th to January 15th 

      - Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR, November 18th

2022      - MAGIX, : Dream, Fantasy, Illusion, Magic,  Exhibizone, Online Art Exhibit, October 1st 

              to October 31st

             - State Of The Art/Art Of The State, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, April 4th to                        October 9th, https://www.camstateoftheart.org/gallery
2021     Gallery Representation, Dragonfly Studio, Silver City, NM

             - Air, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deming Art Center, Deming, NM, August 1st to August 31st

             - Not an Art Fair, Shockboxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June 12th to July 9th

2020     -Young Curators: Kaboom! , Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, January 17th to February 9th 
             - Undergrad Juried Show, University of New Mexico, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque,                    NM, February 17th to February 28th  
2019     - 10TH Annual People’s Art Show, Factory on 5th, Albuquerque, NM, February 1st to February               22nd

2018     - Halloween Pop up Show, OT Circus, Albuquerque, NM

Awards


2020     - Donald McRae Award, Outstanding Senior in Department of Art, University of New Mexico 
2019     - Brown Art History Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Department of Art
2018      - Lynnie Wienecke Scholarship, University of New Mexico, Department of Art
2014      - Southwestern State Fair, 1st Place, Acrylics Division, Deming, NM

Artist Statement 

Wyatt Pottorff strives for aesthetic beauty while capturing chaos. His works are characterized by metaphorical figures that represent intense emotions and swirling swaths of paint that signify changing perspective. Painting allows him to re-contextualize complex life moments and imbue them with a sense of gratifying simplicity. He hopes these images convey an embracement and adoration for the ever changing and disordered world that we live in.


 

Bio

Wyatt James Jackson Pottorff grew up in a small town in New Mexico. In Deming, Wyatt spent his early years doodling, painting, climbing on roofs and exploring derelict buildings and the desert with friends. His art often depicts altered worlds, animals and fierce characters. Stylistically his work is most influenced by Surrealist, Abstract Expressionist and Futurist art movements. 

 

In addition to a studio practice, Pottorff also manages a Southwestern clothing brand, Desert Funk. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico’s studio art program, and has exhibited in several galleries including the Shockboxx Gallery in LA, Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM as well as the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. Currently he lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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