Adrian Coleman

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Adrian's most current work considers the paradox of his relationship to Britain, as a native and an outsider. He make paintings of South London in which combine the tropes of “Britishness” with themes of transplantation, belonging, and estrangement. His use of watercolour is a reference to the English picturesque tradition. Unlike those bucolic images, however, hiH paintings suggest disjunct rather than idealized landscapes. He highlight the intersections of contrasts: the built and natural environments, privilege and disadvantage, myth and reality. He sometimes employs a cross-sectional cut to anatomize these encounters.

English Gardens
watercolor and gouache on paper, 56” x 36”, 2018
Station to Station
watercolor and gouache on paper, 44” x 36”, 2018

Adrian is a British-born American artist. He studied painting and architecture at Yale University (BA, 2006) and received his masters degree from Columbia (M.Arch., 2012). Adrian is a winner of the 2012 Brooklyn Museum GO Open Studio Competition. He appeared in the Bronx Museum's 2015 Biennial and BRIC's 2016 Brooklyn Biennial. In 2017, the Steven Amedee Gallery in New York hosted a solo exhibition of Adrian's work. Since relocating to London in the same year, he has participated in group exhibitions at the Mall Galleries and Peckham Levels. Adrian is represented by the British arts platform Circle Triangle Square. 

United Kingdom
Colwyn Bay
United States
New York City



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