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Meet Artist Ryan Coleman

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

Ryan Coleman

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001 with a BFA in painting. I moved to New York City shortly after, and lived and worked there as a full time assistant to artist Jeff Koons, as well as in my studio in my off hours. In 2011 I relocated back to Atlanta to focus on my own work full time, which I’ve had the privilege of doing.

 

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Why do you make art?

RC

Because I wake up thinking about it, go to sleep thinking about it, as well as most of the hours in between. I’m always thinking what I can do next, and get such a thrill out of [most] of the process. It can be very challenging and doesn’t always work out, but when it does it feels amazing.

 

 

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What do you think of your work?

RC

Sometimes I think “this is going great!”, and sometimes I think “not so much”… But overall, I am proud of a lot of the work I’ve made, especially the newer stuff.

 

 

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What’s your favorite piece or series you’ve ever done?

RC

Definitely my newer work from the past two years or so. I’ve been able to combine most of the elements I want to have in the work, elements of my personal history and interests.

 

 

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Who/what are you inspired by?

RC

I’m inspired by a lot of other artists both from the past and contemporary, and a lot of my artist friends. To name several that have had the most impact on me, I would say Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Peter Paul Reubens, Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, James Turrell. One of my favorite things to do is to spend hours roaming a great museum, especially the Metropolitan Museum in New York, I get so inspired in doing this. I also get inspired by dialogue trying to make sense of life’s great mysteries, like the fact that we’re going about our business on an enormous sphere floating out in the middle of space.

 

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What (if anything) do you want your art to accomplish?

RC

Ultimately I want it to uplift & inspire people, or at least make them pause and reflect for a moment. And to be part of the dialogue of contemporary painting.

 

 

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What would you choose for your last meal?

RC

My great grandma’s homemade noodle recipe prepared by my Mom, with a side of my wife’s deviled eggs and a glass of Shiraz.

 

 

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Is there anything else you’d like to add?

RC

Thank you for the feature, and for all the great support from friends and family.

 

 

Keep up with Coleman’s work:

http://ryancolemanart.com

Tumblr: http://ryancolemanstudio.tumblr.com

Instagram: @ryancolemanstudio