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Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

San Jose, ca

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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.

 

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

 

handfootshadow by gary coleman

 

200 Zoom by Gary Coleman

 

feet sunning by Gary Coleman

 

Used to be Me by Gary Coleman