Ryan Coleman

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

Ryan Coleman’s work combines gestural abstract painting with carefully rendered elements inspired by classic cartoons. Intertwining bold shapes, vivid color schemes and traditional techniques found in vintage 2D cel animation, he reimagines entirely new compositions in his own distinctive form. While Coleman’s work primarily focuses on paintings and drawings, he also specializes in large-scale murals and installations.

Ryan Coleman (b. 1975) grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and received a BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001. Influenced by his father, a retired professional cartoonist who inked a newspaper strip for over two decades and worked for Disney, Coleman also honed his artistic talents as a street muralist throughout early adulthood. He worked briefly in animation at the Cartoon Network after graduating, before moving to New York City where he served as a studio assistant to artist Jeff Koons for eight years while balancing hours in his own studio. In 2011, Coleman returned to Atlanta to focus on his own art career, where he has exhibited at the High Museum of Art, MOCA GA, and Sandler Hudson Gallery.

His work is included in notable collections at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Ritz-Carlton (Washington DC), Fairmont Empress Victoria (British Columbia), Capital One, Buzzispace Inc. (Antwerp, Belgium), Hilton Conrad Suites (Chicago) and Marriott Renaissance Atlanta Airport.

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

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

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