Ryan Coleman

Ryan Coleman’s work intertwines elements of animation imagery with abstract expressionist painting.

Ryan Coleman’s work intertwines elements of animation imagery with abstract expressionist painting. It explores a series of dichotomies – control and spontaneity, light and darkness, surface and depth, and the historical and the modern. Regarding process, Coleman states – “I generally begin by using imagery and stills from cartoons as reference material, taking shapes, color and elements from the imagery and abstracting it into an entirely new obscured context.” The ‘Cel Paintings’ are an ongoing series made using traditional 2D animation techniques – ink and acrylic on acetate. Prior to the digital age, it took hundreds or thousands of hand painted cels to make a single cartoon, with the individual paintings often overlooked as items unto themselves. This series of work explores removing the purpose of their original context, and creating individual paintings based on the techniques.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ryan Coleman (b. 1975) received a BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001. Following a brief period working in animation for the Cartoon Network the following year, he moved to New York City to serve as studio assistant for artist Jeff Koons for eight years in addition to working in his own Brooklyn studio. In 2011, Coleman returned to Atlanta to focus full time on his artwork. In 2015 a series of his work was acquired by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for their permanent collection, in addition to participating in a group show at the museum. His work was also included in the exhibition ‘Abstraction Today’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016.

Education
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta GA
1999 AICAD New York Studio Residency Program, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2015
‘Pareidolia’, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016
‘Abstraction Today’, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
Invitational Burnaway Art Crush Auction, Atlanta, GA
‘Little Things Mean A Lot’, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015
‘ Sprawl: Drawing Outside the Lines’, Curated by Michael Rooks – High Museum of Art, Atlanta,
GA
‘Summer Salon’, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Invitational Burnaway Art Crush Auction, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
‘Careless Whiskers’, Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2014
‘Little Things Mean A Lot’, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2013
‘Ballads & Anthems’, Borderline Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012
‘Living Color’, Poem88 Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011
‘SK8R Die! V’, Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010
‘Team Work‘, Allan Nederpelt Fine Arts Intl, Brooklyn, NY
2007
‘Skinning’, Windows Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2006
‘Invitational Alumni Exhibition’, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL
2002
‘Coded Language’, City Gallery Chastain, Atlanta, GA

Professional Experience
2015-2016 – Artist in Residence at the Promenade Building in Midtown Atlanta
2013 – Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Georgia State University
2003-2011 – Full time Studio Assistant for Jeff Koons Studio, New York, NY