Richard Colman created every single piece for his most recent body of work for his solo show, “Faces, Figures, Places, & Things,” within the historic building that now hosts Chandran Gallery in San Francisco. In the four weeks leading up to his much anticipated show, Colman used Chandran as his studio, creating large-scale paintings specifically to fit the gallery’s walls and floors.
Colman stretched canvases and painted in the gallery, which was once supposedly a tailor building, and went through a meticulous process of laying out the life-size imagery on huge tiles – using pounce patter to forge the design, outlining in pencil, and ultimately painting each tile before laying them down accordingly.
Dismembered human heads, kneel as couples, or are stacked in impossible sexual pyramids, where each figure is boiled down to its most basic form: expressive and streamlined shapes of flat color. Colman’s impossible color combinations – an array of dayglow neons complemented by a full range of muted grays – make the show.
Check out photos from the show via one of amadeus’ fresh new photographers, Mira Laing.