After graduating from Youngstown State University, in Ohio, David Coleman embarked on a career in arts education which spanned over forty years. During that time he taught drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography to students of all ages. Along the way, he completed a Masters degree in education at Augusta College in Georgia, and garnered awards in drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic art which is now his major focus.
After selling all of his photographic darkroom equipment, many years ago, Dave now uses only digital technology in creating his art. Generally, he manipulates his original photographs using various photo-editing software programs to improve the composition or to add a painterly look. Many of his works are composite photographs, made up of several disparate images to create what he calls a “new reality.” Dave also likes to work in series, exploring a number of views of the same subject.
Dave’s work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, the Wickenden Gallery, Cleveland, OH, Quincy Art Center, Quincy IL, and the Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, AZ. Recently, he has shown at the St. Louis(MO) Artists Guild, Framations Gallery and Foundry Art Centre(St. Charles, MO), Des Peres Hospital(Des Peres, MO), and St. Charles, MO Community College which invited him to show his work in the 2015 SCC Invitational, in Brooklyn, New York, at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and, most recently, at the Chesterfield, MO City Hall for the “Art at City Hall” series(2018).
Dave now spends much of his time at “Disparate Images,” his studio-gallery located in The Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where he creates, displays and sells his work.