A practicing artist since 2003, Brian 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 often to music, Coleman harnesses the heightened creativity of turbulent days to fashion 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. “I move back and forth between the two styles, that's how my mind works” the artist elaborates. It is Coleman’s uncanny ability to meld the disparate, seemingly incompatible concepts of structure and fluidity that helps him appeal to such a broad swath of private and corporate collectors, but especially members of the design trade, who find his work to be quite complementary to their own.
Coleman is represented in Atlanta at Anne Irwin Fine Art and in Charleston at The George Gallery. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, son and yellow lab named Picasso.