Los Angeles

John Coleman

Zora Gallery

Here is an expressionist who is not angry. His subjects are those of Die Brucke, rendered harmless by familiarity. We can’t believe that he wants it otherwise. He is energetic, thoughtful, and lots of other things, but not shocking. Coleman is a serious printmaker and printmaking makes contemplators and philosophers, not revolutionaries.

That love of technique bred by printmaking shows in Coleman’s oils. They are realized in value changes. Colors run to earths, warms and an occasional red or blue. For a man showing oils for the first time he reveals an admirable aptitude. Occasionally, as in Studio with Model & Press, a color will go to mud as if he momentarily forgot painting and thought he was inking a plate. He delights in the possibility of bigness in oils, denied in prints, and it is understandable if subjects look blown up on these ambitious canvases.

Coleman’s artistic background is

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