Ross Potter is a Kamilaroi man, who was born and raised in Brisbane.

Potter made his move to Western Australian in 2007, working in the steel industry and drawing in his spare time.

With a passion for storytelling and a love for working in pencil, he decided to focus on his art more seriously and began creating works for his first solo exhibition in 2011. Potter’s passion for the arts continued to grow as his practice developed, leading him to pursue his artistic career full time in 2013.

Since then he has exhibited across WA and Australia in both solo and group exhibitions and he currently works from his home studio in White Gum Valley

Ross Potter has been described as a “highly skilled draftsman” and with the use of graphite on paper, he dedicates his time to capturing the details in things that we connect with on a daily basis.

The prestigious John Stringer Prize – created in 2015 in honour of acclaimed curator, the late John Stringer (1937–2007) – commissions six contemporary Western Australian artists to create new work from which the winning artist will be determined by a secret ballot conducted by The Collectors Club members.

The exhibition features new work created specifically for the Prize by Merrick Belyea, Theo Costantino, Daniel Kristjansson, Clare McFarlane, Ross Potter and Lea Taylor, in a range of media including drawing, painting, photography, installation and textiles.

The John Stringer Prize is a non-acquisitive, annual award aimed at recognising and supporting outstanding Western Australian visual art practice and is generously supported by The Collectors Club and the Kerry Stokes Collection. The Prize was established in memory of John Stringer, renowned Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection and advisor to The Collectors Club, who passed away in 2007. It honours John’s life and the legacy of his influence on and contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists.

The Prize, which was conceived and facilitated by The Collectors Club, connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art scene.

The John Stringer Prize 2021 is open 19 November – 15 December 2021.

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