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.