Inside a purple house, on a Whitby street, lives artist Richard Pottas, his wife Jane, an expert in seaweed and their lurcher Hetty.
Along with running guest rooms, a keen interest in gardening and keeping chickens, Richard paints in his garden studio. Over the last ten years he has honed his trademark style of layering, and his latest work, which explores repetitive surface patterns found in vegetation, will be exhibited at the Univerity of Oxford.
Some of the paintings on show introduce suggestions of swarming insects, pollen explosions, and veils of rain all of which add a new dimension to the natural surface patterns the artist is known for. Once again, Pottas is happy to acknowledge the influence of aspects of Chinese and Japanese art in his work.
The exhibition can be viewed from 20th April to 10th May, at the Mary Olgilvie Art Gallery, Saint Anne’s College.