Hen Coleman is a British artist, born in Venezuela and now based in London and Oxfordshire. She is a masters graduate of the Royal College of Art and a current printmaking tutor at The Royal Academy Schools. Her work has been shown in various London galleries and is included in private and public collections in the UK and the USA.
Her drawings depict altered territories informed by landscape in which the protagonist’s role is carried by recurring motifs of vessels as containers and layered natural forms in transformed states. ‘The contrast between a terrain of ‘chaotic and abundant nature’ and the more measured environment of our ideas and behaviour presents itself as a dialectic which it feels interesting to deal with. It’s a third territory, not necessarily geographical or historical but as an unfolding space or stage for playing out memories, responses and reactions.’
Hen Coleman is an MA Printmaking graduate of the Royal College of Art and currently teaches printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools. Her work is drawing-based and uses recurring motifs of water, natural forms and vessels, forming complex landscapes and environments which create a narrative of events, a state of mind or layered memory. Many of her references, particularly to nature, are influenced by her life until the age of 18 in Venezuela.
Hen’s work is held in many private collections and the V&A Museum Print Archive. She has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Her 2014 residencies include projects in Barcelona and Southern Turkey. She has also recently begun a two-year drawing residency with an Oxford-based apiarist looking at communication systems and community behaviour patterns in bees. Hen is based in Homerton.