Philip M. Coleman
I remember my first “wall art”. When we were young, my siblings and I, under the direction, guidance, and participation from our older sister, we created Christmas scenes with murals on a kitchen wall with either construction paper or paint. I’ve been hooked ever since, and here I am fifty plus years later doing the same, in one form or another. I love the opportunity to create something on a large scale. I feel the boundaries are limitless. I can look at a huge wall and see what needs to go where, even before I put pencil to paper to sketch out my idea. I become intimate with the wall. I know every line, shape, shading, and color of that wall and remember those aspects long after I am done painting. But I found from experience with limitless boundaries comes responsibility.
Responsibility to the viewer, to the community. I may have the freedom to design and paint what goes on the wall with the talent and experience I have acquired over the years, but once I am done, my responsibility is to the viewer and to the community. Art can be, and at times, should be subjective. In a way, I give that subjectivity up when I create a mural for the community or a piece of public art. I am putting the art out there to be viewed by many. I must always remember the wall, the environment, the neighborhood, and most importantly, the people who will see the mural day after day. This is what I love the most about paintings murals. This passion has humbly allowed me to create something positive in a sometimes chaotic world. Creation is in all of us, and I am lucky, fortunate, and grateful to be able to share this with others.
Self Employed, Berkeley, CA./Reno,NV./Beverly,MA. — Muralist/ArtistSept. 1990-PresentCreating artwork and murals for private residence, businesses, and public institutions — Teacher/ArtistSierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV.June 1996-Sept. 1998Taught art at various locations around town. Helped create Youth Art Works-a mural program for youth — Art TeacherHug High School, Reno, NV.June 1998-Sept. 1999Taught high school art grades 9-12. Beginning and advanced art courses
PROJECTS (partial list)Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA. — IllustrationSept. 1982-June 1985Majored in illustration. Scholarship recipientLaney Community College, Oakland, CA. — Social SciencesSept. 1988-June 1992A.A. Social Sciences
University St. Library Berkeley, CA. 1994West Berkeley Community Mural Berkeley, CA. 1994Kaffee Klatsch Reno, NV. 1996Very Special Arts Hug High School Reno, NV. 1996Youth Art Works Reno NV. 1997Youth Art Works Reno, NV. 1998Java Jungle Reno, NV. 1998Washoe County School District Sparks, NV. 1998Grace Warner Elementary School Reno, NV. 1998Alice Smith Elementary School Reno, NV. 1998Hug High School Reno, NV. 1998O’Brien Middle School Reno, NV. 1999Esoteric Cafe Reno, NV. 2000Boston Children Hospital Waltham MA. 2011Leather Workers Museum Peabody, MA. 2012Casa de Moda Beverly MA. 2013Beverly Gas and Tire Beverly, MA. 2014Beverly Bootstraps Beverly, MA. 2014Woodbery Market Beverly, MA. 2013Marconi Radio Beverly, MA. 2012Todd’s Sporting goods Beverly, MA. 2013Legendary Motors Beverly, MA. 2014Herman J. Spear Post Beverly, MA. 2014Middleton Legion Post Middleton, MA. 2015Cityside Diner Beverly, MA. 2015Hamilton Art grows Here Hamilton, MA. 2014Cutler School Hamilton, MA. 2016Cap World Saugus, MA. 2018
Painting large scale murals. Use of equipment include HVLP paint sprayer. Operate both scissor lifts and booms for painting. Work with youth in designing and construction of murals
1998 Sierra Arts Foundation Endowment Fund Grant1998 Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant
English/ Some Spanish