This piece is marked as a rare gallery proof edition. Image Size: 26″ x 21″. Paper size: 28″ x 23″.
Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Comes unframed. In mint condition!
James Coleman was born in Hollywood in 1949. Fortunate enough to land a job in the mail room at Walt Disney Studios after high school, the young artist’s raw talent was unexpectedly noticed by Disney’s top animators, launching a 22 year career that would lead to his position as supervisor of the Animation Background Department.?Coleman’s first big break at Disney came when he entered a painting in the Disney Studio Art Show. A top artist for Disney, Ken Anderson, saw Coleman’s potential and encouraged him to go into animation background painting. His first job was as a background painter on Disney’s “The Rescuers”.
This led to a career spanning over 25 films. With films such as Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid to his credit, Coleman eventually became one of the most sought after background artists in the industry. But Coleman’s true passion was always Fine Art, and in 1991, he left Disney in order to pursue that passion full time. He describes this life changing decision as a window that needed to be opened:
“Windows can be intimidating because you don’t know what’s out there. But once you step through it, you’re faced with this enormous amount of possibility. I never liked looking at windows directly, because once I see one, I have to go through it.”
Today, James Coleman’s paintings have become some of the most valuable works of contemporary fine art in the world.