Creatures and Curiosities

 

 Johan Potma is a Dutch painter and illustrator who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. His work is made with acrylics and collage on old wooden surfaces like box lids, signs and cigar boxes. The used materials tell part of the story through the stains, old nails, dents and cracks; the remainder is explained through all sorts of monsters, freaks and oddballs acting out his ideas.

Johan's creatures are often light hearted and whimsical, but occasionally we see glimpses of how these fuzzy creatures are grappling with the world through tired, strained eyes. Each creature has their own complexity that we would love to get to know more about, so we asked Johan to share a bit about his latest friends. 

"The Hustle and Bustle" 

"The Hustle and Bustle" 

In this painting I tried to capture the mood and setting of the flea markets in Berlin I frequently visit. I have always loved to hunt for cool little weird things at these markets. I really love the mixture of stuff, cultures, sounds and smells. 

 

"Small Timer"

"Small Timer"

It might be a little late for regrets... but still, this sucks ass. We've all been there :)
 

"Making Friends"

"Making Friends"

Making Friends is inspired by my 2 year old daughter who will use all my painting materials in my studio and paint. It is so inspiring to see her just go. I am curious to see where it will take her.

"Grub"

"Grub"

I just free styled this one. Sometimes to warm up, I just start painting and see what will happen. No plan or sketch to go on. That is how this little fellow was born.

"Stumblebee"

"Stumblebee"

 In many ways my paintings are self portraits, but this one in particular. I am the Stumblebee.

"Tea for Two"

"Tea for Two"

Another warm up painting that I developed further once I saw what was going on in there. It is a similar process I apply to my sketching, but done with paints. Just go, and see what happens until it is somewhat done.

"Great News"

"Great News"


This is my most recent painting. If there is anything I like even more then monsters, it's huge monsters!