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 John Pototschnik  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: landscape, structures, and figure painting

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John Pototschnik
from Auction House Records.
Late September
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Cornwall, England to a British war bride, who brought her oldest son to America on the Queen Mary when her husband was discharged from the army, John Pototschnik was raised in Pittsburgh, Kansas.  As a youth, he expressed little interest in art.  However, in junior college, at the urging of a counselor, he began working with his hands---painting, drawing, metal smithing and woodworking.  He says: "I discovered I really liked to draw."

He enrolled in Wichita State University with a major in advertising design.  However, his education was interrupted by four years, 1968 to 1972, of commitment from ROTC to military service with the Air Force during the Vietnam War.  Because he was not sent overseas, he took classes at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and from this experience became serious about an art career.  He determined to become an illustrator, and he and his wife moved to Texas, following his parents who were in Dallas.

In the 1980s, established in commercial art, he took increasing interest in fine art painting, especially work by western painters Ken Riley and Howard Terpning who, like himself, had begun as illustrators.  Pototschnik began painting as a result of a commission with an oil company to do wildlife work, which became a limited edition of prints.  In 1982, he dropped his illustration career to become a full-time painter. 

Signature subjects are rural and small-town America scenes as well as scenes of Europe.

Devon Jackson, "Everyday Realism",  Southwest Art, May 2008

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