Adrian Coleman (b. 1984) is a British-born American painter living in London. Trained in art and architecture, he makes large-scale watercolors that address urban disjunction. Each hybrid topography contains ambiguously competing forces: the built and natural environments, privilege and poverty, myth and reality. His most recent work expands the tradition of British watercolor landscapes. He probes the idea of “Britishness” in the age of Brexit, in particular the loneliness of multicultural identity and the paradox of being foreign in one’s own country.
Adrian's primary focus is on making paintings, but he occasionally writes about art and architecture or composes songs.
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).
A long time resident of Brooklyn, Adrian relocated to the UK in 2017.