Coleman - a name synonymous with sweeping skies, tropical rain forests,
rich deep woods and silent deserts. The images created by this talented
man continue to delight all who view them. James Coleman was born
in Hollywood, California in 1949. As a youth, his creative abilities
seemed to dominate his world. Though he lacked the athletic skills
of his young freinds, he more than made up for it with imagination
and ingenuity. As a young man his interest in film making and fine
art would be the genesis for a long, successful carrer in animated
In 1969 Coleman found his creative energies welcomed by Walt Disney
Productions. As an animation background designer, Coleman styled
and worked on nine feature films and over 30 short subjects. Winnie
the Pooh, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast came to life
with James Coleman's background images gracing the silver screen.
Twenty-two years with Disney found him ready to develop all of his
time and talent to the love of his life, fine art. Today he continues
to illuminate the art world with vibrant colors, gentle moods, powerful
design and exquisite detail. Coleman works in oil, watercolor, guache
and pastel. His work is impressionistic and luminous. His pieces
intrigue the eye and touch the heart. His paintings are warm, inviting
Coleman began doing paintings of the islands in the early 1980's.
"Originally Hawaii was an escape for me, a place to recharge my
batteries and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a heaven on earth.
The land, its history and its people were my secret to serenity
and relaxation. Soon my love for these beautiful islands and its
people began to translate into my paintings. My desire has been
to connect those who view my work with the past, present and furure
of the Hawaiian experience." Though traditional in technique and
medium, Colemans tropical pieces are anything but traditional. They
are a fresh and unique personal view of Hawaii. A master of color,
light and design has in recent years made Coleman one of the most
collected and sought after artists in Hawaii and around the world.
James Coleman pieces can be found in many fine, personal and corporate
collections including the Disney family and corporate collections.
Coleman is a naturalist and environmentalist who involves himself
with the National Parks and other environmental organizations. He
has been a finalist five years in the Arts for the Parks competition.
The contribution made by Coleman to the world of art over the last
twenty-six years, both in film and fine art, make him one of the
most collected artists in contemporary art. His work is represented
by some of the most prominent and respected galleries in North America,
the Orient and the Hawaiian Islands.
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