Adrian Coleman is a painter trained as an architect. Adrian Coleman studies urban anomalies. His large scale watercolor paintings refer to the “picturesque” tradition, an aesthetic once concerned with rugged deterioration but recently suggesting sentimentality. Borrowing techniques of architectural drawing, Coleman dissects the cityscape, juxtaposing interiors and exteriors, the city's ignored or invisible adjacencies.  

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.

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