Coleman’s portraits create complete biographies by surrounding their subjects with interweavings of minuscule images and explanatory text. Artist and viewer embark on exploratory excavations of the subject’s life through the painting. Coleman’s jewel-box approach means that one experiences the paintings afresh at each viewing, uncovering ever more details and nuances that were previously undetected.

An admirer of Northern artists such as Bosch, Brueghel and Grunewald, Coleman employs the same attention to detail and delicate sense of scale, utilizing dual and single haired brushes in conjunction with magnifying lenses to create his refined masterpieces. Like those artists, Coleman also displays a propensity for the gruesome and grisly and often attempts to both dissect and glorify the terrible in many of his paintings, unmasking with brutal honesty the truth of human nature.

A comprehensive list of every Joe Coleman painting since 1978.
If you own a painting that we do not have here, please contact us.

Contact Andrew Edlin Gallery if you are interested in becoming a collector.

Self-Portrait Made from My Own Skin, Blood, Hair, Piss and Sperm

Mixed media on an exploded shirt, 14 x 11 in.

The Nuclear Family (1984)

Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 108 in


Acrylic on panel, 14 x 11 in.

Front cover art for The Mystery of Woolverine Woo-bait (1982)

Acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 in.


Acrylic on canvas, 108 x 72 in.


Acrylic on canvas, 6 x 9 in

Used as the cover for Apocalypse Culture, AMOK Books.

Labyrinth Joe Coleman

Acrylic on canvas, 6 x 10 in.

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