Joe Coleman

Born 1955 in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Coleman’s portraits create complete biographies by surrounding their subjects with interweavings of miniscule images and explanatory text. Artist and viewer embark on exploratory excavations of the subject’s life through the painting. Coleman’s jewel-box approach means that one experiences the paintings afresh at each viewing, uncovering ever more details and nuances that were previously undetected. An admirer of Northern artists such as Bosch, Brueghel and Grunewald, Coleman employs the same attention to detail and delicate sense of scale, utilizing dual and single haired brushes in conjunction with magnifying lenses to create his refined masterpieces. Like those artists, Coleman also displays a propensity for the gruesome and grisly and often attempts to both dissect and glorify the terrible in many of his paintings, unmasking with brutal honesty the truth of human nature.
Joe Coleman has shown his work extensively since the mid-1980s, beginning with exhibitions in the East Village at galleries like Limbo, Civilian Warfare, and Chronoside. His paintings have been part of the exhibitions The End is Near! at the American Visionary Museum, Baltimore, Cult Rapture at The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, and Brooklyn/718 at the Palm Beach Museum of Contemporary Art. Coleman‘s work was also included in Hieronymus Bosch 1450-1516 at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and Kunstwerke Berlin presented the comprehensive retrospective“Internal Digging“ in 2007.
4.11.2011 – February 2012
"The Ephemeral"
Group exhibition with works by
Absalon | Joseph Beuys | Sophie Calle | Joe Coleman | Wim Delvoye | Rebecca Horn | Mathilde ter Heijne | Jannis Kounellis | Heinz Mack | Keisuke Matsuura | Christian Megert | David Noonan | Henk Peeters | Jackson Pollock | Julian Rosefeldt | Matt Saunders | Chiharu Shiota | Miroslav Tichý | Grazia Toderi | Susan Turcot | Franz West | Nick van Woert | Yang Jiechang

Joe Coleman, Another Carpenter, 2010, acrylic on found panel, 20,07 x 14,99 cm | 7.9 x 5.9 in, # COLE0001 Joe Coleman, Another Carpenter, 2010, acrylic on found panel, 20,07 x 14,99 cm | 7.9 x 5.9 in, # COLE0001
Dez 28, 2007

Joe Coleman "Internal Digging", 2007

Joe Coleman "Internal Digging", 2007 Joe Coleman "Internal Digging", 2007

Published by KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin Germany to accompany the solo exhibition.
Foreward by Susanne Pfeffer, essays by Woodard and Markus Muller. Interview with Joe Coleman by Susanne Pfeffer
Supported by Arndt & Partner
202 pages, color reproductions throughout
Publisher: Walther Konig, Koln
ISBN-13: 978-3865602800