‘Blue Moods’ strike a balance in Randy Coleman’s abstracts

Randy Coleman in his studio. —Karla Araujo

Abstract artist Randy Coleman will return to the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs this week for a solo show, which kicks off with an artist’s reception from 7-9 pm on Saturday, August 6. Mr. Coleman will display new abstract geometric works, centered around a serene, coastal-inspired palette, and featuring the interplay of color, form, line, and depth.

Mr. Coleman’s abstracts do not focus on subjects or discernable objects, yet they still cut to the emotional core of life. “Life is complicated and, in a very abstract sense, I am reflecting on all the intricacies of interrelationships, problems and confrontations — the components of everyday existence,” Mr. Coleman wrote in an artist’s statement. “By combining transparency and opaqueness, I strive for a balance of subtlety and strength. It’s what I seek in my own life and, while I don’t always achieve it, I think it’s a worthy goal.”

Mr. Coleman, a Pennsylvania native, has summered on Martha’s Vineyard with his family for many years. A former telecommunication lawyer, Mr. Coleman retired in 2005 to pursue art full-time. He recently moved to Naples, Fla., where he works in his home studio and in a loft at Rosen Gallery & Studios in the Naples Art District. His work has been shown in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Florida, and on Martha’s Vineyard, and is in private collections and the permanent collections of Capital One Bank and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Artist and Author Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6, 7 to 9 pm. With artist Randy Coleman and Richard Taylor, author of “Martha’s Vineyard: Race, Property and the Power of Place.” The show will be on display through August 13. For more information, visit rscoleman.com or cousenrose.com.