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R.I.P. - Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman back to product details

Hell's chosen artist
written by GGoodsell December 31, 2005 - 4:30 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Painter Joe Coleman is perhaps best known for his dust jackets for both editions of "Apocalypse Culture" and his since-banned 1-sheet for HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Coleman's highly intricate artwork recalls the work of Cadmus coming down from a weeklong bender and a blue-collar Bosch. His varied interests include serial killer portraits, murals of urban and psychological decay and expansive hellscapes for every occasion. His attention to detail at times requires a paintbrush consisting of a single hair, infusing every spot of his canvases with many layers of meaning. Coleman's fling with performance art included biting the heads off of live rats and setting off explosions all over his body. In real life, Coleman is a teddy bear of a man, soft-spoken with a sensitivity lurking beneath all the insanity. REST IN PIECES does an excellent job of portraying the method behind the madness. The film explores Coleman?s unique family and background, and what motivates his incendiary work. While his art attracts a certain geek show fascination, the man himself is sincere in portraying a fallen world.


(Average 6.55)
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