“Color is life, for a world without it seems dead.” ~Johannes Itten.
We are pleased to announce, Forbidden Fruit, John Souter’s second solo exhibition at Snyderman-Works Galleries. This marks and reflects upon the enormous growth of his creative practice during three, richly intense years. Having expanded his oeuvre to include painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media sculpture, this exhibition displays the artist’s provocative, yet subtle, capability to exploit tensions in material, surface, and color while maintaining a high level of focused fluidity.
For a young artist, John Souter’s creative development has had a remarkable trajectory. While still an undergraduate at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, he was awarded a Windgate Foundation Fellowship in 2012. Former President and CEO of University of the Arts, Sean Buffington, now Vice President of the Henry Luce Foundation in New York, was an early champion his work, along with others.
Snyderman-Works Galleries mounted Souter’s first solo exhibition in May 2013, presenting an intensely focused body of new work. Shortly afterwards, he received a 3 month residency at the prestigious Guldagergaad International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. This created the opportunity to pursue his fascination with the tangible interplay of form, color and light in the completely new environment that Europe offered.
In the spring of 2014, he returned to the United States to accept an Artist Residency at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado. Following that, the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, beginning in the fall of 2014 and continuing through 2016, awarded him a series of fellowships and exhibition opportunities.
During that time, he was the subject of a full-length article in American Craft Magazine (December/January 2014), as well as being featured in Ceramic Review Magazine (July/August 2013), the Ceramics Monthly Ceramic Arts Yearbook (2013), and Edge, the magazine of the University of the Arts (2012).