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.


In An Ancient Land by Gary Coleman


force heat stability 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


Energy Release by Gary Coleman


mediterranean feel by gary coleman


Some Caution Required by Gary Coleman


Landscape Figure Abstract by Gary Coleman


New Direction 2 by Gary Coleman


fractured landscape by Gary Coleman


New Direction 1 by Gary Coleman


Committee Action by Gary Coleman


Janus by Gary Coleman


Sideways by Gary Coleman


New Directions 4 by Gary Coleman


New Directions 3 by Gary Coleman


Victory by Gary Coleman


The Hand Moves by Gary Coleman


Card Player by Gary Coleman


Senegal, 1965 by Gary Coleman


Ed and Gary at the Sea by Gary Coleman


White Man's Burden by Gary Coleman


Red Face by Gary Coleman


Antibes Self by Gary Coleman


duck by Gary Coleman


Captured in Antibes by Gary Coleman


Shades of Gray by Gary Coleman


headshot by Gary Coleman


Reflections by Gary Coleman


Contemplation by Gary Coleman


Still Life by Gary Coleman


tangerine break by gary coleman