Woman knitting by family home - Ink on Paper
Coleman was a celebrated landscape artist and nationally commissioned
painter. He specialised in watercolour; developing an impressive
combination of colour wash and fine detail. His work often captured
the contrasts between rolling skies and windswept trees with
miniscule grass and plant-life in the foreground. He utilised a
wide-ranging palette, opting for more intense, violent colours in his
Dublin scenes, and subtle pastel tones in his pastoral paintings.
was born in the small village of Duleek, County Meath and his rural
childhood influenced his lifelong fascination with folklore. His
studies of village life in pen and ink capture his sense of both the
idealisation and alienation of the rural idyll. In his later life
Coleman worked for the folklore commission and was integral to the
expansion of its collection of objects. His rural scenes combine a
sense of mythical nostalgia with the living presence of historical
was a renowned and widely respected artist in his lifetime. He was,
most famously, commissioned to paint the first meeting of President
Hyde's Council of State. In his later life he was also elected to
the RHA. Coleman passed away in 1995.
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Simon Coleman (RHA)
Woman knitting by family homeInk on Paper, Framed26cm x 36cm (10" x 14")