Daniel Coleman is a Visual Artist from County Armagh in the North of Ireland. Primarily a painter he also explores drawing, installation and text as part of his practice. He has exhibited regularly in the North and South of Ireland since graduating with First Class Honours in Fine Art (Painting) from the Belfast School of Art (2016). Selected group exhibitions include, ‘190th & 189th RHA Annual Exhibition’ RHA Dublin (2020 & 2019), ‘PeripheriesOPEN’ Periphery Space Gorey School of Art Wexford (2018), ‘Adˈvɑːnst’ Crescent Arts Centre Belfast (2017), ‘Very Good Waves Now’ Catalyst Arts Belfast (2016) and a solo exhibition, ‘All That Remains’ at The Braid, Ballymena (2016). Daniel Coleman is a member of ‘The Drawing Journal’ (2018-present) a collaborative drawing and text project. Recent shows with this group include, ‘Image of Thought’, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast (2020-2021) and an upcoming show with Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards (2021). Daniel Coleman is the recent recipient of the RHA/ Áras Éanna Residency Award, Inis Oírr, Co. Galway (2021).
“Within my practice, I explore the impermanence of life and the symbolism and rituals within Catholicism in relation to my rural Irish upbringing. My art is centered on objects and their contexts. I select key objects and symbols to act as a catalyst for memories. In painting them I hope I am creating another catalytic object – a means of exploring transience and history. In my treatment of the figure, I apply the same process of ‘objectification’. Through the process of painting, I wish to recognize the importance in the everyday ritual. I am keen within recent work to examine the Artist within the studio, an equally ritualistic endeavour. I aim to address the undisclosed in these rituals by creating spaces that go beyond the surface of the canvas, in a bid to understand the positioning of themes in a modern Ireland and their relationship to the culture of the Irish landscape.”