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.


peek of water by gary coleman


Last Kiss of Sunlight by gary coleman


Monument by Gary Coleman


Shadows on Metcalf Road by Gary Coleman


Red Sedona by Gary Coleman


mood swing by Gary Coleman


ranch entry by gary coleman


swoops by Gary Coleman


blue shadows by Gary Coleman


End in Sight by Gary Coleman


CA Rollers by Gary Coleman


Transitions by Gary Coleman


Title? by Gary Coleman


One Step at a Time by Gary Coleman


You Are Here by Gary Coleman


Never Been Here Before by Gary Coleman


Swaying Continued by Gary Coleman


Stravinsky by Gary Coleman


Event by Gary Coleman


work in progress by Gary Coleman


Burst by Gary Coleman


Quiltscape Revised by Gary Coleman


quiltscape by Gary Coleman


Monolith by Gary Coleman


swaying 2 by Gary Coleman


Suggestion by Gary Coleman


Red Shift by Gary Coleman


In An Ancient Land by Gary Coleman


force heat stability by Gary Coleman


Spirit by Gary Coleman


Modern Times by Gary Coleman


Standing Tall by Gary Coleman


square with friends by Gary Coleman


Evening Light by gary coleman


Demo by Gary Coleman


Sumptun Goinon by Gary Coleman


Demo Sketch by Gary Coleman


fish by Gary Coleman


Darkness and Light by Gary Coleman


firecracker by Gary Coleman


Second Try by Gary Coleman


sails by Gary Coleman


swaying by Gary Coleman


Blackbird by Gary Coleman


figure landscape abstract by Gary Coleman


Motion by Gary Coleman


Hummmm by Gary Coleman


Precarious Balance by Gary Coleman