Joseph Coleman is an American painter, illustrator actor and performance artist. He has been described as the "walking ghost of Old America" by his wife, photographer Whitney Ward, for his over-riding interest in the historical arcana and personae that often populate his paintings. Of Coleman's work, the New York Times wrote that, "If P. T. Barnum had hired Breughel or Bosch to paint sideshow banners, they might have resembled the art of Joe Coleman." While Berlin's Tagesspiegel said of Coleman, "Like [George] Grosz in the 1920s, he holds a drastic mirror up to his own times." Coleman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His apartment and studio, called the Odditorium, is a living museum to his obsessions; a collection of artifacts, objects and documents from wax museums, crime museums, churches, pathology museums and sideshows.
|Born:||November 22, 1955|
|Known for:||Painter, illustrator, performance artist|
|Website:||Joe Coleman (painter)'s Official site|
About Joe Coleman
Known for his highly detailed portraits of film stars, high-profile criminals, and others, Coleman also had a career as a performance artist, acting in a 1992 art film titled Black Hearts Bleed Red and in a 2003 movie titled Scarlet Diva.
At the start of his career, he worked as a comic book artist.
His work has been compared to that of the fifteenth-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.
He grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut. His father served in World War II, and his maternal grandfather was a professional boxer.
Actor Johnny Depp purchased one of Coleman's paintings.
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