MONTE COLEMAN
Head and Hands
January 12 - February 20, 2016
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Artist Reception: Friday, January 15, 2016 5:00 -7:00 PM

Monte Coleman

Well-known in New York’s interior design circles for his consummate craftsmanship in working with textiles, Monte Coleman has followed a personal passion for the ceramic arts:

‘The pieces came about after having visited the Rodin Museum with a friend. I was so taken with the terra cotta pieces that when I got back home I bought terra cotta clay. That friend came to visit and asked what I had made. I had only made flower pots. She said "Get in here; we are going to make skulls. They are easy". These are the results.’

Despite the seemingly macabre subject matter, Coleman’s skulls and bones possess a whimsical quality that is inviting, rather than threatening. Neither in scale or form are they accurate representations of human, animal or ornithological anatomies, but are suggestive of structures.

Many of the skeletal shapes are nestled within or resting upon exquisitely turned bowls and vases. Glazes alternate between delicate shades in neutral tonalities and solid, semi-matte blues, greens, oranges, blacks. Each work is unique, with some pieces demonstrating a complex intricacy and others simplified, monolithic in shape. Coleman may joke that ‘skulls are easy’, but the works presented here are masterpieces in miniature.

Born in Lebanon, Missouri, Coleman studied art and architecture at the University of Missouri. After working in California, he moved to New York in 1980 where he currently resides.

Skull with fingers Monte Coleman
Skull with fingers
Glazed stoneware
2015
6 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches
 
Low Base with Two Skulls Monte Coleman
Low Base with Two Skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.5 x 5 x 5 inches
 
Upside-down skull on base Monte Coleman
Upside-down skull on base
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.5 x 4 x 4 inches
 
Large orange bowl with skull base Monte Coleman
Large orange bowl with skull base
Glazed stoneware
2015
6.25 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches
 
Blue bowl with skull base Monte Coleman
Blue bowl with skull base
Glazed stoneware
2015
5.5 x 7 x 7 inches
 
Large white skull with small orange skull on footed stand Monte Coleman
Large white skull with small orange skull on footed stand
Glazed stoneware
2014
6 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
 
Skulls in bone nest Monte Coleman
Skulls in bone nest
Glazed stoneware
2014
4 x 9 x 9 inches
 
Skull and fingers in two parts Monte Coleman
Skull and fingers in two parts
Glazed stoneware
2014
3.5 x 5 x 5 inches
 
Black footed bowl with five skulls Monte Coleman
Black footed bowl with five skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
7.75 x 7 x 7 inches
 
Small skulls with upright fingers Monte Coleman
Small skulls with upright fingers
Glazed stoneware
2015
4 x 4 x 4 inches
 
Single Blue Skull Monte Coleman
Single Blue Skull
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.75 x 5 x 5 inches
 
Skull on footed bowl with black mark Monte Coleman
Skull on footed bowl with black mark
Glazed stoneware
2014
4.5 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches
 
Large green bowl with skull base Monte Coleman
Large green bowl with skull base
Glazed stoneware
2015
4.75 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
 
Large footed bowl with skulls Monte Coleman
Large footed bowl with skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
6.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
 
Stacked black skulls Monte Coleman
Stacked black skulls
Glazed stoneware
2014
6 x 4 x 4 inches
 
Pile of fingers on stand Monte Coleman
Pile of fingers on stand
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches
 
Pile of fingers on stand Monte Coleman
Pile of fingers on stand
Glazed stoneware
2014
5.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 inches
 
White bowl with skulls and fingers Monte Coleman
White bowl with skulls and fingers
Glazed stoneware
2014
3.5 x 6 x 6 inches
 

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