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Rich Potter

Rich Potter

Artist Work

The Comedian
2010
Acrylic on canvas board.
Playtime
2010
Acrylic on canvas board.
Eyeball Avalanche
2010
Acrylic on canvas board.
Armageddon Tra La La
2010
Acrylic on canvas board.
Green Goddess
2010
Acrylic on canvas board.
No Good, Very Bad Day
2016
India Ink on paper (digitally formatted for publishing)

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Phone
240-432-6884
Artistic Category

Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I like to laugh. I like to make others laugh. The longer I practice either performance or visual art, the greater my ability to attain that simplicity and elegance that is at "the soul of wit." The intent to leave the viewer, if only temporarily, to see the world in a slightly different way.

Artist Bio

As co-producer of Clown Cabaret, Rich Potter co-wrote and performed in Shakespearean sendup, Delusions of Grandeur (2012) and silent film noir comedy, The Heist (2014-2016). Three years as a RBBB Circus clown, dozens of years doing variety/comedy/juggling acts at festivals and corporate settings in dozens of countries, the Vice Presidential Mansion, and an appearance on The LateShow with David Letterman have led him here. Now he thinks he’s God. 

His newest play, God: The One-Man Show, explores, after eons of procrastination, a Creator’s last-minute panic before Genesis. He brings elements of circus, magic, standup comedy, clown, improv, drama and existentialism to every project, and God is the newest.

As a visual artist, he dropped out of University of Maryland's Art program to literally run away with the circus. He has had two solo art shows, including excerpts of his year of 365 paintings. The strength of Potter's cartoon-inspired universe captures humorous pictorial stories in a single simple yet poignant colorful image.