A graduate of Marquette High School in Michigan City and Indiana University, Jason Poteet attended the Herron Art School in Indianapolis. Through his vibrantly colored abstract paintings, Poteet strives to create translations of places, people and his personal experiences. His paintings have been widely exhibited throughout the Midwest and are included in private and corporate collections across the nation.
Poteet had been scheduled to attend a Morgan Stanley Investments training program in New York City in September, 2001, in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On Sept. 6, 2001 his training session was postponed, ensuring he was not in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He volunteered his time at Ground Zero and returned home with new inspiration for his paintings.
Poteet’s piece, “Ground Zero IV” displayed above PNC’s World Trade Center artifact, is based on his time spent at Ground Zero. The Red Cross causes an immediate reaction to most people, regardless of their language. They know the Red Cross means emergency. The circles in the piece signify the resilience of the human spirit and rebirth.
Poteet’s art may be viewed Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. –11:00 p.m., Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
My approach to painting comes more from a certain feeling I get about place, etc., than from any other aspect
of my subject. When I develop an emotional connection with a subject, I will try and mentally digest this feeling into a visual expression, rather than just making a figurative impression of it. All of my paintings are visual translations of places I have visited, people I've met, or experiences I've had. I try to express these experiences into something universal that everyone can understand through their own life impressions.
While pursuing a degree in the sciences at Indiana University, I realized I was headed in the wrong personal direction. Upon graduation in 1996, I decided to attend Herron Art School in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was there that I developed my passion for painting, and the arts in general. I have been painting mostly full time ever since, and love and learn from it everyday.
In the past, I have been pleased to have my work featured at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis, at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (formerly the John Blank Center for the Arts) in Michigan City, Indiana, at Gallery Mornea in Evanston, Illinois, and at Gallery 107 in Three Oaks, Michigan. In 2001, I was the featured artist at the Pacific Cafe in Chicago. My work is currently included in private and corporate collections across the country. Thank you for helping the list grow each year! I have been pleased and honored to work with the Lurie Galleries in the recent past.