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Michael Coleman is a painter, born in Dublin in 1951; he is self-taught.  He lives and works in Dublin.  In 1977 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Oliver Dowling Gallery, Dublin and continued to have regular shows there until 1994.

The art critic, Aidan Dunne, has written of Coleman being best known ‘as an exceptionally rigorous painter of usually monochromatic abstracts, built up from layers of colour and often culminating in black’.  The late Dorothy Walker wrote of his great 'Red Colourfield' at Belfield campus, UCD, as 'being in the presence of the finest abstract painting' and the poet Dennis O’Driscoll talks of Michael Coleman’s 'dedication and integrity'.

He has received a number of awards including the Carroll Award, Irish exhibition of Living Art, 1977; the Patrons Award for painting, EV+A, Limerick 1979 and 1980.  He received an Arts Council Bursary in 1980.  In 1981 he moved to Vienna where he established a studio and continued to work there having shows in Austria and Germany until his return to Dublin in the late 1980s.  Since then he shows regularly in Ireland and abroad and he has been included in many group exhibitions.  His work is represented in many public collections.  He exhibits with the Cross Gallery, Dublin.  From 2005-2008 he was artist in residence in the Phoenix Park Dublin. His solo show 'Painting after Painting' will open at The Cross Gallery Dublin on July 5th 2012.  Michael Coleman is also part of the 'Marathon Irish' show that opens in Dialogue Artspace London on July 5th, 2012.