Calvin A. Coleman IIWorksBiography

Calvin A. Coleman II


Born in Hampton, Virginia, Calvin A. Coleman II spent his adolescent years in Swarthmore, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburb. After graduating from Lincoln University where he earned his B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education, Coleman taught at the elementary level for fourteen years. While teaching, Calvin was also preparing himself to become comfortable enough to pursue art full time. In 2004, Coleman made the transition that changed his life forever. Following his passion, Calvin’s paintings have shown in a number of galleries throughout the United States and across Europe France and Italy).

As a self-taught artist, that incorporates abstract expressionism and Fauvism, Coleman builds upon the canvas with an assemblage of heavy body acrylic paint, a variety of textiles and other mediums to embellish his uninhibited style of painting. In recognizing a great interest in brilliant colors and texture, he has admired the techniques of Richard Mayhew, who has been an influence in Coleman’s development, and more recently, the style in which Chaim Soutine (French Abstract Expressionist) created his works. Mayhew’s fluidity with colors and Soutine’s dense textural characteristics can account for the structure of Coleman’s paintings, which are built with such strength in a melody of blended hues, the usage of manipulated canvas strips and textiles. The inspirations behind the contemporary style that Coleman conveys to his audience, has much to do with his spirituality, love for nature’s beauty, lyrics of songs from a vast genre of music, and his journey through life. In Art Matters, January 2007, art critic Wuanda Walls
stated, Calvin’s work is “endowed with an aura of originality and poetic whimsy.”

Artist statement

The various developmental stages of my artistic career have afforded me the opportunity to uniquely inspire, encourage, and ignite the senses. My style has allowed me to free my thought process and use assemblage as an approach to building my paintings. The resulting artwork is an uninhibited layering below and above the acrylic paint. My thoughts and imagination have molded me into an artist that incorporates abstract
expressionism and fauvism, in which my paintings are built through a process involving the manipulation of multiple media.

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