I am a builder. For twenty years I was a self-taught stonemason, sculptor, concrete finisher, metal worker, inventor, and finish carpenter. When I decided to reproduce my paintings, I wanted to do it the way an artisan in numerous mediums would. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, and something that actually sets it apart and makes it distinctly different from the oil painting on canvas that preceded it. I wanted to make something rare and distinctive in finish, and few in number in the whole world.
A Collector’s Special Limited Edition should be thought of more as a piece of fine, hand-made furniture, than a “print”. The image is created on laminated bamboo strips. The result is somewhat different than the paint on canvas of the original. It is kind of “nutty”, kind of like rubbed oil. Bamboo is the most renewable hardwood in the world. It is strong and resilient. It is beautiful. The image of the painting is expertly reproduced on panels made of hundreds of thin strips, that have been laminated together, and rotated and seasoned for months and months. In a 14-step process the panels are sealed and sanded, and sealed and sanded again. I am very proud of the team I pulled together to make this item from our varied expertise. Each is invididually signed and numbered on the back, and given a seal of origination. The finished product is like none you have ever seen. Through the image you can see the texture of natural wood, and sometimes, even, the seams between the strips as they swell or contract with the seasons, and humidity or lack thereof. This is an item that lives, in a sense, reacting to the environment, and changing with time. I love that about it.
While extraordinary effort is spent to make a precise and consistent product, no two are identical. Each will have its own “fingerprint” or texture. Some will show seams more readily, others more wood texture. None of us will ever be able to predict what kind of character any individual Collector’s Edition will manifest. In no way are the individual textural traits of each Collector’s Edition considered defects, any more than a tree would be considered defective for the particular way its branches grow. Let go of control and let the piece be: let it breathe. Let it move. Though not right for everyone, art connessiours will recognize a Coleman Collector’s Special Limited Edition for many years to come, wherever it might be found, as something special.