In this “Artist Collaboration Series”, Guidecraft teamed up with several artists to use the Kitchen Helper as their canvas. Each artist transformed the folding step stool into functional art pieces.
Integrating an appreciation of art and design into a child’s world through quality toys and furniture has always been at the heart of Guidecraft’s platform. Recognizing a way to celebrate fine artists and further that endeavor, Guidecraft has teamed up with several artists for their “Artist Collaboration Series”. In this series, each artist will use a Kitchen Helper as the medium for their art and share their process from initial concept to finished piece. This month’s collaboration is with fine artist Brian Coleman, who had some help from his young son, Maverick, to complete the project. Brian preserved the functionality of the Kitchen Helper so Maverick can use it daily to complete his own art projects.
About Brian Coleman:
A practicing artist since 2003, Brian Coleman is not a painter of social commentary—though his mixed-media works certainly reflect an emotional expression to which all viewers can relate. Neither does the abstract artist define himself as a true Expressionist, yet his process—alternating between fluid and structured gestures—undoubtedly reveals how he makes sense of the world as he moves through it.
Painting according to his moods and always to music Coleman harnesses the heightened creativity of turbulent days to allow his pure emotion to guide his gestural works, while calmer, more focused moments call upon his foundations in graphic design. Coleman draws from a vast library of compositional reference points to produce these precise, magnified and tightly controlled studies that weave a common thread throughout his entire oeuvre. “I move back and forth between the two styles, that’s how my mind works,” the artist elaborates.
It is Coleman’s ability to meld the disparate, seemingly incompatible concepts of structure and fluidity that helps him appeal to such a broad audience of private and corporate collectors, but especially members of the design trade, who find his work to be quite complementary to their own.
Coleman is represented in Atlanta Georgia at Anne Irwin Fine Art & Charlotte North Carolina at Hidell Brooks. He lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife, son and yellow lab named Picasso.
Check out his artwork here, and be sure to follow Guidecraft on Instagram @guidecraft_official to see the progression of his work in the “Artist Collaboration Series”.