AP Summer Studios: Ryan Coleman

ART PAPERS Summer Studios is series of studio visits with Atlanta-area artists, selected by Art Papers. Attendees will meet the artists and learn about their practices. Conversation and Q&A guided by AP Editor + Artistic Director Sarah Higgins.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided. AP subscriptions and merchandise will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $25 for each studio visit, and availability is limited. We recommend you purchase ticket(s) early.

Ticket holders will be contacted with additional information regarding studio locations prior to the event.


Ryan Coleman’s work combines gestural drawing and painting with carefully rendered elements inspired by classic cartoons. Intertwining bold shapes, scribbled gestures and vivid color schemes, he reimagines entirely new compositions in his own distinctive form. While Coleman’s work primarily focuses on paintings and drawings, he also specializes in large-scale murals and installations.

Ryan Coleman (b. 1975) grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and received a BFA in painting from the Atlanta College of Art in 2001. Influenced by his father, a retired professional cartoonist who inked a newspaper strip for over two decades and worked for Disney, Coleman also honed his artistic talents as a street muralist throughout early adulthood. He worked briefly in animation at the Cartoon Network after graduating, before moving to New York City where he served as a studio assistant to artist Jeff Koons for eight years while balancing hours in his own studio. In 2011, Coleman returned to Atlanta, where he has exhibited at the High Museum of Art, MOCA GA, and Sandler Hudson Gallery.