Henry David Potwin

"Spontaneous Combustion" Contemporary Surrealist Exploding Portrait Painting 2015



Oil on Canvas


Colorful surrealist portrait painting by contemporary Texas artist Henry David Potwin. The work features a figure wearing a suit and tie with sunglasses spontaneously bursting into flames set against a purple background. Signed in front lower right corner. Titled and dated on reverse. Currently hung in a black 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 16.25 in. x W 15.13 in. x D 1.75 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 10 in. x W 9 in.