David Coleman Photographic Artist
After graduating from Youngstown State University, in Ohio, David Coleman embarked on a career in arts education which spanned over forty years. During that time he taught drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography to students of all ages. Along the way, he completed a Masters degree in education at Augusta College in Georgia, and garnered awards in drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic art which is now his major focus.
After selling all of his photographic darkroom equipment, many years ago, Dave now uses only digital technology in creating his art. Generally, he manipulates his original photographs using various photo-editing software programs to improve the composition or to add a painterly look. Many of his works are composite photographs, made up of several disparate images to create what he calls a "new reality." Dave also likes to work in series, exploring a number of views of the same subject.
Dave's work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, the Wickenden Gallery, Cleveland, OH, Quincy Art Center, Quincy IL, and the Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, AZ. Closer to home, he has shown at the St. Louis Artists Guild, Framations Gallery and Foundry Art Centre(St. Charles, MO), Des Peres Hospital(Des Peres, MO), and St. Charles Community College which invited him to show his work in the 2015 SCC Invitational, and, most recently, in Brooklyn, New York, at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition(2017), and was invited to exhibit at the Foundry Art Centre during it's annual "Gala"(2017).
Dave now spends much of his time at "Disparate Images," his studio-gallery located in the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, MO, where he creates, displays and sells his work.
The most important aspect of my art is that it celebrates photography. The medium has excited and fascinated me since childhood. On rainy days, I would look through the family photo albums and see relatives and friends frozen in a particular place and time. Later, as a young man, I took photos, developed the film and made the prints in my own darkroom. To this day, I still remember the thrill of seeing that first black and white print appear in a tray of developer.
Now, with the advent of digital photography, I can create my work on a much more complex and enriched plane. Often, I combine intriguing visuals from several disparate images to form composite photographs, a “new reality” if you will. I also like working in series, exploring a number of views of the same subject, especially images of wood. Whether it be trees, boards or driftwood, the seemingly endless variety of line, form and texture are a continuous source of inspiration.