Michael Potter – Wrangler

Michael Potter

Wrangler

Exhibition Rabley Gallery (East)

6–9 April 2022

Open 11- 4pm

Invited photographer Michael Potter will be exhibiting photographs from his series ‘Wrangler’. 

In the artist’s words, “The Wrangler series is my tribute to the lifestyle and culture of the American cowboy. The horse’s body and quiet strength. The skill, speed and sheer spectacle of human and animal working in complete synchronicity, familiarity and pace. The spur and bit’s hard steel. The denim, heavy cotton shirts and the iconic hat. The saddles, gloves and texture of waxed and worked leather that epitomises the era’s still fashionable style.”

20% from all sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee with the support of Michael Potter and Rabley Gallery.

All viewings are currently by appointment, please contact the gallery to arrange a date and time to visit.

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Image: Michael Potter, The Chase, Giclee fine art print, Hahnemühle Photo Rag smooth, 308 gsm, 70 x 180cm, Edition 25 and 2 APs.

Michael Potter – The Team

Edition size: 12 and 2 APs. Giclee fine art print by Genesis-Imaging on behalf of Atelier Editions – embossed, signed and numbered by the artist with a separate stamped certificate of authenticity. Paper: Hahnemühle Photo Rag smooth –  308 gsm

“This energetic and busy composition was to illustrate the pace and chaos of how two wranglers pursue one steer. One has to rope both horns and one the rear hooves. Focusing the camera on which wrangler has to be decided beforehand as the end result has to be achieved in the same few seconds. The result is therefore trial and error until the required image presents itself to the lens. Technically this shot is on a small f stop to allow the front wrangler to be out of focus and the rear one to be as sharp as possible. Combined with a slow shutter speed allows for the blurring of the background and for the dust to be like smoke between the horses’ legs. If you look closely at the printed image you will see a mass of detritus swirling around them, which is why they wear sunglasses to protect their eyes.”

Michael Potter – Heat and Dust
 
Edition size: 12 and 2 artist proofs. Paper: Hahnemühle Photo Rag smooth –  308 gsm. Print size:  79 cm W x 61cm H. Border: 10 x 10 x 10 & 10 cm at base. Frame: 83 cm W x 66 cm H in a spacer frame in white wood with 3mm glass.
 
“The resignation of the horse’s pose and the wranglers downturned head says it all. This is what usually happens as the steer escapes the lariat and all that is left is a cloud of dust and the realisation you have to start again. Technically, this was shot on a slower shutter speed to allow for the dust movement to be smoke like as it hung in the air and enveloped the rider and horse.A late afternoon beam of sunlight conveniently spotlit the saga on the day making it even more dramatic a shot in monochrome.”

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About Michael Potter
 
Michael is London-based but his studio is global. His art images have been exhibited widely internationally, and he has been commissioned for prestigious private and corporate clients for over forty years. His work hangs in hotels, offices, and private homes worldwide. Like many lifetime photographers, he started commercially, specifically in fashion, hair & beauty before being commissioned to create a series of travel images. That exposure to the world led him to amalgamate his fashion portrait style to the people he met and the many environments he found himself traveling through. He has been building folios of fine art photography since 2009.
 
Michael Potter first established himself as a fashion, travel and advertising photographer on leaving art college, and in his early thirties became an accomplished water colour and acrylic painter. Throughout the 1980s he was represented internationally by Christie’s Contemporary Art in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, and Paris, and exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer ExhibitionHis images being photographic in inspiration but painterly in execution, a fusion between his two skills. This led to an ongoing career in fine art and limited edition print sales, working internationally and building a growing private client base.

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