Ryan Coleman | A beautiful symmetry

Press Release


OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 26, 7 - 9pm

Sandler Hudson Gallery is thrilled to announce the latest body of painting from Ryan Coleman, titled A Beautiful Symmetry.

Coleman’s work is hectic, yet leaves us feeling soothed. Loopy scrawls overlay something like a bleary-eyed sunset while technicolor clouds gathering for a storm provide the backdrop for starbursts and frenetic streaks. These paintings, including murals on the gallery walls, are playful and dreamy but they are so of-our-realm they feel familiar. This visually enticing tension between what we know and what we can barely imagine is representative of Coleman’s deep interest: to find the moment in which his work has lost just the right amount of control without tipping into chaos.

Symmetry refers to balance, harmony, and order. A Beautiful Symmetry hints at an underlying organization that provides more than sameness, one that allows for asymmetry because of the real strength of the principles that define it. Coleman offers us a view of beauty and harmony as they relate to disorder and cacophony, somewhere between bland, boring perfection and an expanse of reckless chaos.

RYAN COLEMAN (b.1975) is from Jacksonville, FL and lives and works in Atlanta. He received his BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001. He worked as Jeff Koons’ studio assistant in New York City for eight years while continuing his own studio practice. Coleman returned to Atlanta in 2011 where a series of his work can be found in the High Museum of Art’s permanent collection. He has received commissions for murals all over Atlanta, including at Northside Hospital, Five Points Marta Station, Hilton Canopy Midtown, Renaissance Gateway Atlanta Airport and in numerous private and corporate collections. Selected exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta; Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta; High Museum of Art. Selected collections include High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Ritz- Carlton, Washington, D.C.; Buzzispace, Antwerp, Belgium; Fairmont Empress Victoria, British Columbia; Hilton Conrad Suites, Chicago, IL.