Better the artist’s words than ours, here are excerpts that Coleman penned:
My work once found its origin in current events…more recently it has evolved into a blanket description of the apocalyptic world in which we live. Police brutality, racial discrimination, religious extremism, persecution of the LGBT communities, economic unrest, global warming, species extinction, habitat loss, holy wars, power trips and ego mania are the extremes my work addresses… Each piece is an explosive combination of comic book pages, religious iconography and advertising which illustrates a world in ruin and the heroes and villains who occupy it… Appropriation allows me to produce imagery not unique to my own imagination, but rather, universal across cultural histories. Typically layering several printmaking techniques in each of my prints, I visually recall the chaos found within the concepts that I explore… I utilize color, pattern, texture and appropriated imagery to re-contextualize these distractions. Rips, tears and non-traditional surface treatments such as rust convey a sense of pointlessness to our material world and beg the viewer to consider the larger role we play as humans. Coleman lives in Tucson and teaches at the University of Arizona.
The AP/RC recently added sixty-four works by Coleman to the collection, including 38 editioned prints, drawings on acetate, and printing matrices. All of these works were donated by the artist.