Calvin A. Coleman II
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EDUCATION . SELECTED EXHIBITIONS .
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CC_39. Linked
CC_43. Hear No Evil See No Evil
CC_47. The Cotton Club
CC_49. The Richness Of Her Tone
CC_58. Red Hat
CC_60. Simply Red
CC_62. The Sitting Room
CC_64. Chin UP
CC_65. Grid Of A Man
CC_66. Positioned To Flourish
CC_67. Shine Like A Diamond
CC_68. Still Rising
CC_69. Peace Is Learned When Young
CC_70. Body Language
CC_71. Dreaming Princess
CC_72. Guardian Of The Gates
CC_73. I Let The Butterflies Sing
CC_74. Keep Your Eyes To The Hills
CC_75. My Reflection Is Clear
CC_76. Which Track Are You On

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"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.

At this stage in my career, I seek to perpetuate and develop my skills in such a way that my art offers encouragement, self-worth and beauty in a visually appealing manner. I have admired the techniques of Richard Mayhew and Chaim Soutine. Mayhew’s fluidity with color and Soutine’s dense textural characteristics are great influences for the structure of my paintings, which I build using a strong melodic blending of hues, multimedia, and textiles".

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Born in Hampton, Virginia, Calvin 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. Coleman’s paintings are also included in numerous public and private collections and listed in publications across the United States and abroad.

Works by Calvin Coleman are included in numerous public, private collections and publications including the public collections of: Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Rome, Italy; Lincoln University; City of Atlanta, GA Housing and Urban Development; Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; Arel Architechts Inc., Clinton, MD; Goldman Sachs Office, Jersey City, NJ; the Jericho City of Praise; the Jericho Christian Academy; the Rock View Elementary School; the Patuxent Elementary School; the RIMS Center for Enrichment and Development; Tri Tech Enterprises Systems Inc.; the GE Healthcare Corporate Office; The Global Design; the Arel Architects Inc.; The M.H. West and Co., Inc.; the Daniel Texidor Parker Collection, the Patric McCoy Collection, the Arthur Jones Collection, the Curtis Jones Collection, the Pamela Blackman Collection and the James Oliver M.D. Collection.

Commissions include: Mr. Chenoa Osayande, “Muhammad Ali, Bob Marley and Malcolm X”, 2005; Mr. and Mrs. Blake, “Ken and Melissa” and “Melissa and Children”, 2005; and Ms. Alvah Beander, “Marvin and Blair.” 2006.

Publications include; Looking Toward the Sky, by Helen F. Lee, Publisher (Johns Hopkins University) 1995, artwork appears on cover; Ma-Sect To Me, by Sylvia Solomon, Publisher (Simply Friends) 1996, artwork appears on cover; The Advocate & Greenwich Time, by Special Correspondent L.P. Streitfeld, January 2005, p.D3 and D4 Unveiled Series I, by Will Downing and Emerging Artists, Publisher (BroNel Enterprises Inc. and WD Productions) 2005, artwork appears on cover and p.56 through p.66; The Network Journal Black Professionals and Small Business Magazine, January 2005, artwork appears on cover; Gallery Guide, Mid –Atlantic, Publisher (LTB) 2006, artwork appears on p.9; and “Black Entertainment Television T.V. show, College Hill, June 2007-August 2007.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Philadelphia, PA CONTACT: Pamela Brown ArtJaz Gallery Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-922-4800 E-mail: info@artjaz.com

Philadelphia, PA – May 2, 2008 – ArtJaz Gallery is pleased to present artist, Calvin Coleman in his 2008 solo exhibition entitled, “Rebirth”. The exhibition features mixed media paintings and debuts three new painting series for the artist: “The Family”, “The Key to Knowing” and “The Power of Man. “Rebirth” opens Friday, June 6, 2008. A preview reception and artist talk will be held on Sunday, May 18t h 2- 6pm. The Artist Reception will be held on Friday, June 6th, 5- 9pm and the exhibition continues through July 19, 2008.

Calvin Coleman’s previous solo exhibition “Beyond Color” at ArtJaz Gallery in 2006 was vividly infused in color and content, inviting the viewer to go beyond the obvious color and composition and gravitate toward the complexity of his mixed media paintings. The “Rebirth” exhibition reverses that order by utilizing colorful mixed media paintings on paper and canvas to bring forward the simplicity and importance of global concerns that highlight the human condition.

Coleman’s new ongoing series, “The Family, “The Key to Knowing” and “The Power of Man” provide a painterly “comfort food for the soul” in the familiarity of subjects readily identifiable to modern society. For example “The Family” series yields cohesiveness in the symbolic importance of the family unit. Coleman laments the bond of family through haunting color and mixed media composition allowing the viewer to see both the strength and vulnerability of each member of the family. As in life, together as a unit, the family prevails with greater strength. Coleman states, “The importance of the family is particularly significant given our society’s pressures globally and individually. Through color and texture I’m attempting to emotionally pull the family through all of today’s challenges. Family is of core importance to each of us”.

Born in Hampton, Virginia, Calvin Coleman II spent his adolescent years in Swarthmore, a 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 a professional artist. In 2004, Coleman made the transition that changed his life forever.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Coleman builds upon the canvas with an assemblage of layers of 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 been inspired by the techniques of Richard Mayhew and Chaim Soutine (French Abstract Expressionist). Coleman’s paintings reflect strength in a melody of blended hues, coupled with the usage of manipulated canvas strips and textiles. 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 and private collections.

“Rebirth” exhibition with Calvin Coleman will be on display June 6 – July 19, 2008. “Rebirth” opens Friday, June 6, 2008. A preview reception and artist talk will be held on Sunday, May 18th, 2- 6pm. The Artist Reception will be held on Friday, June 6th, 5- 9pm and the exhibition continues through July 19, 2008. For more information, call 215-922-4800. ArtJaz Gallery is located at 53 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 or visit www.artjaz.com. ###

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Lincoln University, B.S. Early Childhood Education

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

“Do You Feel What I See?” Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD, May - June 30, 2013 “Amalgamation” DuSable Museum, Chicago IL, November 18, 2010 “Baltimore Child Abuse Center Fundraiser” Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore MD, March, 2010 “Spirit of Hope Inaugural Ball” Washington, DC January 20, 2009 “Sax & Strings” Jazz Concert, Bowie, MD Jan 10, 2009 “Reach For College” Fund, Creative Artisans, Lanham MD, September 25, 2008 “Rebirth” Art Jaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA June-July, 2008 “Freedom of Color” Clay’s Gallery, Atlanta, GA, May 18th 2007 “Emotions” The Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, & Adobe Design Center, Wash DC April 22, 2007 “Calvin Coleman” Gems of Africa Gallery & Sweetwater Interior Design, Atlanta GA, March 31, 2007 “The Coleman Collection” Atlantic Cape Community College, Atlantic City, NJ February-March 2007 “Prince of Peace Exhibit” Galerie Myrtis, Washington, DC February-March 2007 “Calvin Coleman Originals” Overdue Recognition Art Gallery, Bowie MD, October 7-8, 2006 “Beyond Color” Art Jaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA June 1-July 29, 2006 The National Organization of Black County Officials, Inc, Largo, MD April / 2006 Ronald D. Lipford of Arel Architects Inc, and Art Jaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA presents “An Evening with Visual Artist: Calvin Coleman” December / 2005 Prince George’s County Administration Building, 2nd fl. February 2005-Ongoing

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