Gary Coleman







Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

San Jose, ca


Gary Coleman's art career had a long gestation period, its academic inception going back to grade school where his preoccupation with drawing contributed to his earning a second try at first grade. He would not feel comfortable calling himself an artist until many years later, after his retirement from thirty years of teaching high school English and history. Gary minored in art and majored in English at San Jose State University, with the intention of becoming a suffering writer. Upon earning his BA, he entered a field with, he would soon discover, far more potential for suffering. He started teaching. He admits that his first year was a disaster. Following that year, he delivered milk to the homes of his students' families and their neighbors, but he also learned of a dream job.

In 1964, he applied for and got a position with the Department of State Diplomatic Courier Service to be stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He accompanied top secret materials to virtually every capital city in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Whereas teaching offered very little time to paint, the courier job made it available, there often being a week or two of free time between trips. It also opened opportunities to see great accomplishments in art in amazing museums and galleries. He treated himself to an on location study of art history and appreciation.

After 2 years of living the Cold War and witnessing Africa's bloody emergence from colonialism, Mr. Coleman headed off to Paris where he was accepted into the prestigious Beaux Arts to study drawing and painting. This period in Paris would become especially important to his life, as he would meet the woman who would become his wife.

Karoline, from the German Alps, and Gary, married since 1968, live today in San Jose, CA, and have two grown children.

Gary retired from teaching in San Jose (and for two years in Brussels, Belgium) in 1998. At first he was preoccupied with the idea of producing a body of work that could be recognized as his own, but as he painted more, he found, to his relief, that he was just becoming Gary Coleman naturally. His rolling California hills and other landscapes that thrive on inspired use of color over a superstructure of well thought out composition are now recognized by many art lovers in his South Bay Area environment.

While he continues to experiment with color and composition, he does so within his own artistic skin. Skin allows for expansion.

Since 1998, Gary has won more than 20 show ribbons, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, in local shows.

In 2001 he had a one man show entitled "The Artist as Landscape" at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. Praised for both its use of humor and its artistic merit, the show was comprised of paintings depicting what the artist saw of his self without the use of reflective technology.

For one three-month period in 2004, he was the featured artist for the Palo Alto First Friday Art Walks. Since then, he has had a number of one-person shows including "Gary Coleman, Landscapes" at the Pacific Grove Art Center, and in 2006 and 2007 he paired with sculptress Karen Devich for shows at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. He has been represented at one time or another by the Sobi Gallery in Burlingame, The Arte Junction in Winters, Casa Galleria in San Juan Bautista and currently by the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, Stone Griffin Gallery in Campbell and The Museum of Los Gatos' Gallery in Los Gatos.


Splendid Uphill by Gary Coleman


Guglielmo Winery by Gary Coleman


280 from Stanford Hill by Gary Coleman


Quiet Afternoon by Gary Coleman


Blue Shadows of Sunset by Gary Coleman


Ocean Cliffs by Gary Coleman


Country Road Late by Gary Coleman


Dancing Sun by Gary Coleman


Earth in New Mexico by Gary Coleman


El Toro by Gary Coleman


Long Shadows by Gary Coleman


For the Love of Clouds by Gary Coleman


Down Metcalf Road by Gary Coleman


Above San Mateo by Gary Coleman


Quiet Time by Gary Coleman


sea and sky by Gary Coleman


Warm Day by Gary Coleman


Sedona Red and Green by Gary Coleman


Sunset on Rollers by Gary Coleman


Hills Above Highway by Gary Coleman


Purple Shadows by Gary Coleman


Shadowplay by Gary Coleman


Trees Basking in Late Sun by Gary Coleman


Sun and Shadow by Gary Coleman


Thundercap by Gary Coleman


Country Road by Gary Coleman


Top of Ranch Entry by gary coleman


Big Blue Tree by Gary Coleman


CA Cloudscape by Gary Coleman


Land Form by Gary Coleman


Northern Callifornia by Gary Coleman


Clouds Up by Gary Coleman


Light From Above by Gary Coleman


morning light by Gary Coleman


Clouds by Gary Coleman


Encroachment by Gary Coleman


Blue Tree Sketch by Gary Coleman


Moonlit Rollers by Gary Coleman


Shimmering Light by Gary Coleman


Pond by Gary Coleman


Waves of Hills by Gary Coleman


Thundercap Rising in Santa Fe by Gary Coleman


Receeding Hills by Gary Coleman


cloud lines by Gary Coleman


Clouds Over San Jose by Gary Coleman


Rising High by Gary Coleman


Path Running Through by Gary Coleman


Fog Spilling In by Gary Coleman