Coleman Webb was born in Vancouver in 1982. He developed a strong desire to paint and create artwork during his adolescence. It was during this time that he developed an affinity for graffiti art and hip-hop culture. Through lots of practice, experimentation and determination, Coleman began to emerge as a dedicated graffiti artist. He was drawn to the art form because of its intricate means of application and its rebellious nature. Ideas around freedom of expression and creating works that were visually exciting were in the forefront of his mind. The occupation of public space with something bright and colourful, executed under the cloak of night, was tangible and he worked hard to excite his viewers.
Graffiti art is often misunderstood in our culture. It gets labeled as thoughtless vandalism and a nuisance to society. In many applications it is considered a crime and can lead to negative consequences. However, it is a medium that has taught Coleman many lessons about respect, responsibility and his role as an artist in society. This passion for creating has led Coleman to become a strong advocate for graffiti and street art which, when created in a collaborative and therapeutic way, can enrich and beautify a community. He has focused energy on supporting youth who are interested in artwork and painting and also helped facilitate discussions within the community to help generate creative solutions and ideas for public art projects.
His work on canvas and experimenting with different forms of art has enabled Coleman to further develop his style. A constant desire to grow as an artist has opened his mind to the infinite applications of creative energy. He applies his artistry in all aspects of his life and uses these skills to enrich his work and relationships. He works in a variety of mediums and tries to infuse his spirit into his work to convey emotions and ideas.
Inspiration for his work has been drawn from too many sources to name. Coleman is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with many talented people who have offered their collaboration and mentorship over the years. His style has developed and been nurtured alongside a rich fellowship of artists who continue to inspire him. He is also very grateful for the constant support from his friends, his family and from all the people he connects with in his work.
Coleman has shown artwork and painted murals all around the world.
He currently resides in Nelson, B.C. where he can be found working in his studio or on public art projects throughout the area.