Contemporary Art

Richard Colman

United States 1976

Richard Colman
Richard Colman
United States
April 18, 2014
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Richard Colman is an American artist whose work blends figurative imagery and bold geometry. Typically using symmetrical compositions, Colman explores themes of human sexuality, societal hierarchies, life and death.

Richard Colman’s Iconography

Colman was born in 1976 and grew up in leafy Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.. Colman graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts in 2002 and has exhibited extensively throughout the world in both solo and group shows.

Richard’s work demonstrates a unique language drawing on the intricacies of an Indian Miniature, to the antiquity of the more abstract and symbolic nature of Byzantine art. Colman’s patterns have the repetition and geometry associated with Islamic tiles and mosaics. Narratives depict day-glo orgies, fusing the sinister with the comical. A pantheon of internalized imagery and shared iconography comes into play in the shape of occult symbols, silhouettes, and rainbow sprays of color, piles of viscera, in a concoction of violence and ecstasy.

Colman between figuration and abstraction

Female forms, ceramic pots, animals, geometric and biomorphic shapes—these are all recurring elements in Richard Colman’s vividly colorful canvases. He vacillates freely between figuration and abstraction, at times focusing on pattern to such a degree that it overwhelms any recognizable components in his painting; other times he privileges figures and narratives. Also producing sculpture and installation works, Colman incorporates a variety of media, including pencils, paper, wood, porcelain, plaster, glue, nails, and tape—typically using vibrant colors. “Color is not something I am very comfortable with, I am not a natural colorist,” the artist has said. “For me, it takes a lot of work to figure that stuff out so part of it for me is just the challenge, but I also like the idea of making thematically dark paintings using very bright colors.”

Colman’s work ranges from small to large scale painting, murals and installations. Colman has been working as a professional artist for over a decade and recently completed a commissioned mural for Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles.
Richard Colman currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014NoiseV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2013Miami Project Art Fair MiamiGroup
2013Gone TomorrowNew Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Miles From Home: Alex Lucas and Richard ColmanGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Direct AddressJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012DestroyerCooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2012To Be AnnouncedV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2012UNDERVÆRKER - Mesterværker fra danske privatsamlingerKunsten, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2012Houston Fine Art FairNew Image Art Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2012Paris Dreaming FairGallerie LG, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Solo Presentation at Copenhagen Art FairVolta, New York NYGroup
2012Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
20112-person show with Andrew SendorV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2011Can’t Get There From HereVolta, New York, NYSolo
2011The Power of SelectionWestern Exhibitions, Chicago, ILGroup
2011December Group ShowGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Con Amore - Leif Djurhuus SamlingARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DenmarkGroup
2011STATUSV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2011Summer Group ShowGallery LG, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Something BetterGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Keep Out the LightNew Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010The Lost OnesFIFTY24MX Gallery, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2010Come As You ArePRISM, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010The Power of Selection, Part 3Western Exhibitions, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Pattern RecognitionSubliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Now BreatheKrets, Malmø, SwedenSolo
2009Opera PinkPhaiz, Chicago, ILSolo
200914 ArtistsNew Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009C.H.U.D.ZCinders Gallery Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009Art BrusselsBelgiumGroup
2009Art BrusselsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008Awful MountainWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Black DiamondV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2008The Destruction of AtlantisUnion Gallery, London, UKGroup
2008Aspect: RatioIrvine Contemporary, Washington, D.C.Group
2008Aqua Art FairMiami, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Aqua Art FairMiami, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Art CopenhagenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008Zoo Art FairLondonGroup
2008Zoo Art FairV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008Awful Mountain with Jim HouserWhite Walls Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2007Human Replacement ProjectMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2007The GhostWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Mad Love: Young Art in Private CollectionsARKEN Museum of Modern Art, DenmarkGroup
2007Paper Trails: New Adventures in DrawingV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Zoo Art FairV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Preview Berlin: The Emerging Art FairV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Volta 03V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Volta 03Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2006Long DistanceMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Come To Me Anno Domini, San Jose, CASolo
2006Super FortressV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2006There is a U in UsV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006We’ll Make a Lover of YouArt Center, Miami, FLGroup
2006Aqua Art FairNew Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Scope Art FairNew York, presented by Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005LonesomeMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005Nice and CrudeArt Center, Miami, FLGroup
2005New Image Art GalleryRVCA, Costa Mesa, CAGroup
2005La Main qui Dessinait Toute SeuleGallery Magda Danysz, Paris, FranceGroup
2004Darkish WatersMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
20042 RichArt Prostitute Gallery, Denton, TXSolo
2004Scope Art Fair, Los AngelesMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Winter in AphelionSix Space, Los Angeles, CASolo
2003Paintura Projects: Windows Meets GraffitiOsaka, JapanGroup
2003Winter in AphelionSixspace, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2002Dalek and Richard ColmanBLKMRKT, Los Angeles, CASolo
2002Player HatersUpper Playground, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Player HatersMarry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Dalek & Richard Colman,BLKMRKT Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2001Player HatersMuseum of Contemporary Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
2001Free Agents: History of Washington D.C. GraffitiMuseum of Contemporary Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
2001Player HatersMuseum of Contemporary Art Gallery, WashingtonGroup