Adrian Coleman (b. 1984) is a painter trained as an architect. He depicts the city as stratigraphy. His cross-sectional paintings are landscapes of competing layers and histories: the disjunction of built and natural environments, the friction of classes, the anomalies of gentrification, decay, and nostalgia. His large scale watercolor paintings refer to the “picturesque” tradition of documented ruins. This historical aesthetic, of patinas and rugged deterioration, has evolved sentimental connotations. The dissections of graffitied and partial construction suggest real and imagined archaeologies.
Adrian's primary focus is on making paintings, but he occasionally writes about art and architecture. He also composes songs in a guitar-playing style similar to Jose Gonzalez, Sun Kil Moon, or Leonard Cohen.
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. He studied painting and architecture at Yale University (BA, 2006) and received his masters degree from Columbia (M.Arch., 2012). He is also a licensed architect.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY.