Ryan Coleman's work combines elements of cartoons and animation with expressionist painting. The Cel Paintings are made using traditional 2D cel animation techniques, as a nod to the art form. Prior to the digital age, it took thousands of hand painted cels to produce a single cartoon, with the individual cels often overlooked as pieces unto themselves.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ryan Coleman (b. 1975) received a BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001. Following a brief period working for the Cartoon Network the following year, he moved to New York City to serve as studio assistant for artist Jeff Koons in addition to working in his own Brooklyn studio. In 2011, Coleman returned to Atlanta to focus full time on his artwork.