Hamish Coleman

Hamish Coleman’s painting explores the interface of the actual and the remembered, blending the genres of landscape and portraiture, abstraction and figuration. On shimmering and textured surfaces, a sense of the elusive is evoked as image, narrative fragment and colour, slip and shift, escape and reappear with the slightest change of viewing angle. Transience itself presents as his subject.

Coleman’s starting point is found film footage or video he has shot himself. Screen shots grab the fleeting moment generating stills which are then rendered in paint, and seemingly remobilised in paint in iridescent hues. The artist’s signature use of interference oil paint ,which changes colour in response to viewing angle, plays with strange croppings, scale distortions and figures on edges looking in, looking back and also out at us.

Coleman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from the Ilam School of Fine Art at the University of Canterbury, in 2012. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand and has work in private and public collections. In 2021, he had his first public gallery solo exhibition at the Ashburton Art Gallery.

Installation view
2021
Hamish Colemann
Installation view
2021
Hamish Colemann
On Returning, installation view, Ashburton Art Gallery
2021
Hamish Coleman
On Returning, installation view, Ashburton Art Gallery
2021
Hamish Coleman
Glint
2020
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1825 x 1825 mm
Glint
2020
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1825 x 1825 mm
Friend Catcher
2021
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1825 x 1825 mm
Friend Catcher
2021
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1825 x 1825 mm
Installation view
2021
Hamish Coleman
On Returning
Bartley & Company Art
Installation view
2021
Hamish Coleman
On Returning
Bartley & Company Art
Sublunary Drawing (5)
2021
Hamish Colemann
pencil on paper on velvet
425 x 470 mm
Sublunary Drawing (5)
2021
Hamish Colemann
pencil on paper on velvet
425 x 470 mm
Installation view
2021
Hamish Colemann
Installation view
2021
Hamish Colemann
What we're chasing
2018
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1370 x1200 mm
What we're chasing
2018
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
1370 x1200 mm
The Day at Hand
2019
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
607 x 607 mm
The Day at Hand
2019
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
607 x 607 mm
As Does the Sun
2020
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
635mm
As Does the Sun
2020
Hamish Coleman
oil on linen
635mm
The Quiet Man
2020

oil on linen
605 x 605 mm
The Quiet Man
2020

oil on linen
605 x 605 mm
On Returning
2019

oil on linen
1405 x 2400mm
On Returning
2019

oil on linen
1405 x 2400mm