Geoff Coleman

Composition is the integral structure of painting and the aim is to compose pictures much in the way poetry is composed, by the arrangement of formal elements like words in a poem. From one line to the next, with each word relating one to another, the total is so much more than the words alone.

These paintings celebrate the identity of our suburban built environment and reflect on the relationship between the built and natural environments. In the theatre of daily life these buildings stand like actors on a stage, confidently or awkwardly posing in their separate places. Like weary thespians the dinky-di houses of suburbia are witness to lives lived and lives to be lived, or they may be destined to disappear to make way for the new ideal.

Together ridgy-didge houses in the country and the city, dinky-di houses in the suburbs and by a river and a fair dinkum industrial estate all evoke a sense of the social dynamics and the psychological paradigms of identity and place.

—Geoff Coleman, 2012


Selected Exhibitions

2012 Dinky-di, ridgy-didge and fair dinkum, Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2010 Urban Beauty, Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2010 Dwellings, Glen Eira Artists, Glen Eira City Council Gallery 2009 Recent work, Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2007 Backyard series, Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2006 Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda

2003 Herons Gallery, Castlemaine

2002 Herons Gallery, Castlemaine


2014 Benalla Nude Art Prize finalist


Represented in private collections nationally