New Directions

This is indeed a new direction for me, and one that time will judge as to how well I can sustain this direction.

This painting is one that started out as a palette cleaner, a canvas that at the end of a painting session had to accept the day's oil residue. In following days it would get paints dedicated to its future success.  This is a gestural and very free delivery. Such a delivery is not easy to do consciously and on purpose, so we will see where it goes.

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About gary coleman

Gary minored in art but majored in English at San Jose State University, entering teaching upon graduation.


In 1964, he 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.


After 2 ½ 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 Ecole des Beaux Arts to study drawing and painting.


In 1968, Gary returned to the US, married his Paris sweetheart, Karoline, returned to teaching and had, with the help of Karoline, two children. In 1998 he retired from teaching. He now had time to become a full-time artist. 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. Since 1998, Gary has won more than 20 show ribbons, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, in local shows.


In 2004 he was the featured artist for the Palo Alto First Friday ArtWalks. Since then, he has had a number of one-person shows. In 2008 Pacific Grove Art Center hosted Gary Coleman/Landscapes. He has been represented at one time or another by the Sobi Gallery in Burlingame, The Arte Junction in Winters the Khalid Gallery in San Jose and Casa Gallaria in San Juan Bautista. He is currently an exhibiting artist at 

the following: Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, Los Gatos Museum’s Gallery , and The Stone Griffin in Campbell.

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