Coleman, Christina

Christina Coleman was born in Ireland, in 1934, moving to Canada only two years later.

Coleman’s passion for art and dance dates to her earliest memories. As a young ballerina, she traveled throughout the world, living and working in many different countries. But even then, she painted, embracing it as a form of meditation that allowed her to transcend ego preoccupations and the entanglements of the every day world.

Both disciplines have enabled her to achieve the perfection for which she is known.

Her enthusiasm and contagious interest in every aspect of what’s new and happening in the art world is what makes her work fresh and daring. The edgy, contemporary art she produces is testimony to the unwavering discipline she demands of herself. Christina believes that if the work doesn’t come from the gut it isn’t worth doing — and even less worth looking at.

“For thirty years, I was a soloist dancer for numerous dance companies, national and international. I am now a painter.” It is a “constant research in movement. The elements in my images are movement, rhythm, space, color … and the human body which have precedence on everything. My portraits are not descriptive photographs of Man, they are my own characters. I see the human body as a language, I read it, it talks to me, I paint it.”

After Cuba # 2

Coleman, Christina
Mixed media on paper
8 x 8

After Cuba # 11

Coleman, Christina
Mixed media on paper
8 x 8

After Cuba # 12

Coleman, Christina
Mixed media on paper
8 x 8