Henry David Potwin

"(Mashed) Potato Eater" Contemporary Surrealist Gluttony Portrait Painting 2002



Oil on Canvas


Colorful surrealist portrait painting by contemporary Texas artist Henry David Potwin. The work features a male figure wearing a suit eating mashed potatoes sat in front of a large spread of food. This piece subtly references Vincent van Gogh's painting from 1885 titled "The Potato Eaters" in which van Gogh sought to depict the daily life of the peasant class. Signed in front lower right corner. Titled and dated on reverse. Currently hung in a brown decorative frame.

Artist Biography

Born in Dallas, Texas David Potwin is the oldest of three children. He first started to paint at the age of 8 years old. As a young boy, Potwin's family would summer vacation in Taos, New Mexico. During the family vacations in 1965, he met artist Eric Gibberd who became his mentor for years to come. David attended the University of Houston Fine Arts program from 1969 to 1974. He studied alongside and under a great group of artists in a building called "The Annex" His subjects range from landscapes, portraits, cityscapes to those that are personal to the artist, idiosyncratic, humorous, and socially aware.

Dimensions With Frame

H 24.5 in. x W 32.63 in. x D 1.5 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 20 in. x W 28 in.