If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away---Henry David Thoreau

Monday, December 20, 2010

Joe Coleman: A Disturbed Painter

Joe Coleman painstakingly paints his visions with a one hair brush using jeweler's magnifying glasses. His detailed Heironymous Bosch style paintings are often filled with grotesque images and "storyboards" of outlaws, serial killers, movie stars, self-portraits, friends and family, as well as religious images. Coleman thinks of himself as his own Jesus Christ. He is obsessed with the gross, violent, seamy side of life and collects disgusting items, such as body parts and artifacts from killers, for his Odditorium. To look at his paintings is like watching a circus sideshow or having a nightmare of the apocalypse or hell. We are dealing with a disturbed individual with a talent for painting the macabre.

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