we are thrilled to announce the addition of painter brian coleman to our stable of artists. brian recently moved back to the charlotte area after living in charleston, sc for a stint. his background is in graphic design receiving his degree from the art institute of charlotte in 2002. his graphic design background strongly influenced his visual language. brian's paintings are filled with markings and shapes displayed graphed out on his studio walls. music plays a vital role in his work and the tempo guides his compositions into their lyrical presence. the movement in his paintings is fluid through all the materials used to create his works including acrylic, graphite, oil crayon, spray paint and ink.
brian coleman received his degree in graphic design from the art institute of charlotte. a practicing artist since 2003, coleman is not a painter of social commentary—though his mixed-media works certainly reflect an emotional expression to which all viewers can relate. neither does the abstract artist define himself as a true expressionist, yet his process—alternating between fluid and structured gestures—undoubtedly reveals how he makes sense of the world as he moves through it. painting according to his moods and always to music brian harnesses the heightened creativity of turbulent days to allow his pure emotion to guide his gestural works, while calmer, more focused moments call upon his foundations in graphic design. coleman draws from a vast library of compositional reference points to produce these precise, magnified and tightly controlled studies that weave a common thread throughout his entire oeuvre. he lives and works in mooresville, nc with his wife, son and yellow lab named picasso.
i’m constantly changing out materials in my hand such as pencils, wax oil crayons, paint, and ink. what i’m feeling at the time determines what material i use and how much of it; what to cover up and what to leave. it’s adapting to the situation or resisting, just as we do in life.
all available work by brian coleman is under his artist's tab on the artist page. please call the gallery if you have any further questions regarding the new paintings by brian coleman.