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Jack Howard-Potter

235 East 87th St.
New York, NY 10128, U.S.A.
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Phone: 516-410-7759
Email: steelstatue@msn.com
URL: http://www.steelstatue.com

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  • Exhibition History:

 

  • 2010 Art Institute of Michigan – Detroit, Novi MI 2010 - 2012
  • 2010 East End Arts Council Sculpture Garden at Brecknock Hall, Peconic Landing , NY
  • 2010 The Crest Hardware Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010 Just Art, New York, NY
  • 2010 Landfill Art Project, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • 2009 Brooklyn Artillery Art Fair, Castle Braid, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009-2012 Flossmoor Sculpture Garden Program, Flossmoor, IL
  • 2009 Sculpture 360, Clearwater, FL
  • 2009 Art 101, Summer Sculpture, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009 The Crest Hardware Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2009 ULM Sculpture Garden, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA
  • 2008 Take Home a Nude, Phillips de Pury, New York, NY
  • 2008 JUST Jackson TN, Union University Sculpture Tour, Jackson TN
  • 2008 Cedarhurst, Mt. Vernon, IL
  • 2008 Downtown Albany Sculpture in the Streets, Albany, NY
  • 2008 2 Rivers Art Project
  • 2008 2008 Downtown Albany Sculpture in the Streets
  • 2008 Anthony Palumbo Student Exhibition, Art Students League, NY, NY - Blue Dot Winner
  • 2008 IAG Galleries, Naples, Florida
  • 2008 Sculptors Dominion, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2007 - 2008 Artquest 2007, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Marco Island, FL - People's Choice Award Winner
  • 2007 - 2008 Burlington County College Sculpture Garden Exhibition, Pemberton NJ, August 2007 - July 2008
  • 2007 Go Figure! The Fells, Newbury New Hampshire, June 30th - October 8th
  • 2007 10th annual Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition, Blaine Washington April - September 30th, 2007
  • 2006-2009 Flossmoor Sculpture Garden Program, Flossmoor, IL
  • 2006 Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition, 24th Outdoor Sculpture Show, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2006 Artscape Sculpture Exhibit for the City of Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA
  • 2006 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Sculpture Garden, Manchester, VT
  • 2006 Palm Beach International Sculpture Biennale, Wellington, FL
  • 2005-2006 Artquest 2006, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Marco Island, FL
  • 2005 Sculpture Key West, Key West, FL
  • 2005 Artscape Sculpture Exhibit for the City of Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA
  • 2005 Union College Alumni Show, Union College Arts Atrium, Schenectady, NY
  • 2005 Avenue of the Arts, Coral Springs, FL (permanent installation)
  • 2005 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Sculpture Garden, Manchester, VT
  • 2005 Big Rock Garden Park, Bellingham Washington
  • 2005 Union College Environmental Art Show, Nott Memorial, Schenectady NY
  • 2004 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Sculpture Garden, Manchester, VT
  • 2003 MTV Films Award for Student Visionary Film, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY
  • 2002 MTV Rock & Comedy Concert, Tribeca Film Festival, Battery Park, NY
  • 2000 “Images in Motion”, Wally Findlay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
  • 1999 Mashomack Game Fair, Pine Plains, NY
  • 1997 “Figurative Steel Sculpture”, Union College Arts Atrium, Schenectady, NY

   

  • Artist’s Statement

I try to capture movement in a medium that does not move. Using steel, which is an inherently rigid material, I work to convey a sense of fluid action in space. My work explores the wide range of movement of the human figure informed through my study of drawing the human anatomy. My sculptures seek to convey the motion of the body in extremely stressful and beautiful positions; the moment that a dancer is at the peak of a jump, the weightless split second before a body succumbs to gravity. I am describing an ephemeral action in steel to convey this moment for eternity. I want the viewer to visualize the actions that led up to a given pose and the actions that will follow it. Using the brightly colored surfaces separates the figures from the landscape, making them stand out in much the same way people do when they wear clothes. The brilliant colors serve as protection for the steel from the corrosive outdoor environment as well as adding excitement to the steel to aid in the sense of movement. The work explores the range of possibilities and flexibility of the material as well as the subject matter.

 

  • Artist Biography

Motivated by his study of human anatomy and movement, Jack Howard-Potter works with steel to create large-scale figurative sculptures. His work has been on display throughout the world in outdoor sculpture parks, galleries and public art exhibitions. 

Howard-Potter grew up in New York City where he was inspired by the public sculpture of Alexander Calder, George Ricky and various performance, dance, and artistic exposure.  He earned a BA in Art History and Sculpture from Union College and has been making and displaying his original sculpture since 1997. 

After college, Howard-Potter moved to Colorado and worked with a blacksmith creating furniture and learning about the properties of steel, the medium that he would eventually use to create his art.  Howard-Potter also gained the skills to convey a heightened sense of fluidity in solid steel while learning about the commercial practices of metalworking 

In 2001 Jack enrolled in anatomy and drawing classes at the Art Students League in New York City to further his skills as a figurative artist and understand how the human form works and moves.  Famed artist and instructor at the League for 40 years, Anthony Palumbo, selected Howard-Potter to work as his assistant and eventually became his mentor. For two years Jack immersed himself in the human form, sketching five days each week and completing thousands of drawings.  It was this practice that gave him the in-depth knowledge of human anatomy that can be seen in his work today.  

In 2005 Howard-Potter made his largest and most daring sculpture to date, The Muse.  Standing 27 feet tall the monumental figure of a female form taking to the sky, made out of almost two thousand pounds of steel covered in a galvanized and powder coated silver skin took 4 months to complete and representing a major success in Mr. Howard-Potter’s career. 

Jack has permanent and long-term displays in sculpture parks, municipalities and galleries across the country including Marco Island and Coral Springs, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; Pemberton, New Jersey; Salem, New York; Jackson, Tennessee; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Flossmoor, Illinois and Blaine, Washington. 

Howard-Potter resides in New York City with his wife, Erica and daughter, Skylar, and is a member of the board of trustees for the Elisa Monte Dance Company where he continues sketch rehearsals and draw inspiration from the dancers.  He is an active endurance athlete competing in multiple half marathons and triathlons each year.