Born in Hampton, Virginia, Calvin Coleman 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, France and Italy.
Coleman is a published author of his first book, COLEMAN HIS ART STORY. It is the first of the few that he has put together to be published.
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.”
Works by Calvin Coleman are included in numerous public, private collections and publications as well. Among these are the Embassy of Rome, Italy, and the permanent collection of the City of Atlanta Housing and Urban Development; Lincoln University (PA); Drexel University; The GE Healthcare Corporate Office and many others.
Coleman has been commissioned by:
State of Maryland
Lincoln University and
Verizon Wireless and Global Hue
Calvin A. Coleman II presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where he continues his quest to become the absolute best artist he can be while expanding his creativity to evoke emotions from those that view his gifted works.