Fuller Potter is considered one of the major abstract painters of the 20th century. The Museum of the City of New York exhibited Potter's work along with Joan Miró and Georgia O'Keeffe in the main lobby in 1959.
Potter painted in the "New York School" style, along with several of his contemporaries, including Jackson Pollock (1912–1956), Franz Kline (1910–1962), Joan Mitchell (1925–1992), Jean-Paul Riopelle, and William Baziotes (1910–1963).
In 1950, Potter met Jackson Pollock and changed his mode of painting permanently to abstraction.
Born in New York City in 1910, Potter lived most of his life in his Ledyard, Connecticut estate, near Old Mystic, where he passed away in 1990.