Oct 09, 2014 - Sale 2359

Sale 2359 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
FLOYD W. COLEMAN (1939 - )
Contemplating the African Past.

Oil on cotton canvas, 1968. 965x800 mm; 38x31 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right recto. Titled in ink, upper left verso on the stretcher bar.

Provenance: Richard A. Long, Atlanta; thence by descent to his estate.

Dr. Floyd Coleman is known for his long, distinguished career as both a painter and an educator. According to Samella Lewis, this early color and graphic style of his painting turned more towards abstraction and the use of African symbolism after a visit to Africa in 1971. Born in Sawyerville, Alabama, Floyd Coleman earned a BA Degree in 1960 from Alabama State University where he studied with Hayward Oubre. In 1962, he earned an MS from the University of Wisconsin, and in 1975 a PhD from the University of Georgia. He has been a professor of Art at Clark University in Atlanta, at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Jackson State University and most recently at Howard University, where he was the department of fine arts chairman from 1987 - 1998. He started the James A. Porter Colloquium in 1990 at Howard University, which has become today the leading academic forum on African-American fine art. We believe this is the first artwork of Floyd Coleman to come to auction. Lewis p. 153.