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Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman
Joe Coleman is a powerful artist whose paintings in acrylic on Masonite contain within their bizarre decorative borders an astonishing profusion of specific, intensely colorful nightmare images. He does not try to be pretty. He does not flinch from depicting revolting details of body parts and violence. (Click on the cover illustration for a closer look.) Often he places a ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by Green Candy Press
(first published 1997)
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I actually read this book in college. Because I'm obsessed now with becoming a painter I was trying to remember this painter. His stuff is beautifully gruesome and very intricate and also educational. I'd buy this book but I really want the big thick huge book of all of his paintings coming out next year so I can really look at these things up close in a book which is the closest I'll get to actually seeing one at this point. You'd need a magnifying glass. Spectacular!
Oct 28, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Coleman's paintings are like anti-icons, spiritual portals that draw the gaze unflinchingly toward what Kurtz called, "The horror! The horror!" Vibrant color, painstaking detail, and a graphically realistic style provide access to a deeper, darker, more awe-full reality than that which most inhabit by (usually unspoken) consensus. To say that these images are difficult to contemplate would be understatement, yet their very real dark beauty and power, like that of a black hole, to magnetize and ...more
Jan 27, 2008 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of the human condition
For those people who love the painting of Heironymous Bosch, Coleman's work is not to be missed. He paints w/ single-hair brushes w/ a magnifying viewer over his eyes. This might as well be a description of the way he views the world at large. Many of his paintings are portraits of historical figures whose lives inspire him. Their centered portrait is surrounded by a border of details from their lives. The subjects he chooses are usually desperately unhappy & violently driven - killers such ...more
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