Terrence Coffman

Terrence Coffman

My paintings are often called abstractions, they are not. They are the non-objective landscapes of my inner being, my attempt to move into a greater reality. Bodidharma, the bringer of Zen to China from India said, "Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation.

I tend to work in series. Often a theme or direction evolves from another series or it will come about as a reference to a personal experience. I look at my approach to painting as opening myself to forces of creativity that are caught rather than conceived by me. I'm a conduit of sorts. I don't stand before a subject and copy it. I breath it in, consume it and let it flow through of me onto canvas.

-Terrence Coffman

Using broad, gestural movements, Terrence Coffman's vibrant paintings capture the spirit of a changing landscape. In addition to being an accomplished artist, Coffman is also an author, musician/songwriter, teacher, and an internationally recognized leader in art education. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous museums  including: Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC;  Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Coffman studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  In 2016 he received the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently works and resides in Southeast Wisconsin.


Selected Collections and Commissions: Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati, OH; Federal Home Mortgage Corp. Washington, DC; General Electric Company, Rockville, MD; Guarantee Bank of Virginia, Fairfax, VA; Grady Management, Montgomery County, MD; Highland House Publishers; Artist for Colonial Williamsburg; Heartland Advisors, Milwaukee, WI; IBM, Rockville, MD; Milwaukee Country Club, Milwaukee, WI; Montgomery County Collections, Rockville, MD; National Trucker’s Assoc., Washington, DC; Philip Orth Collection, Milwaukee, WI; Wyndham Hotel, Milwaukee, WI

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