Michael Coleman, originally from Dublin, studied at the Limerick School of Art. After living for a brief time in Vienna, he returned to Ireland and has remained living and working in Dublin since. At the height of his artistic vision he received the Carrolls Open Award at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (1978) and the IELA Power Award (1979). His inclusion in the Irish Art of the Seventies show at IMMA and the Crawford Gallery showed the strength of his work from this period. The art critic, Aidan Dunne, has written of Coleman being best known ‘as an exceptionally rigorous painter of usually monochromatic abstracts, built up from layers of colour and often culminating in black’. From 2005-2008 he was artist in residence in the Phoenix Park Dublin and his work is included in major collections in Ireland, including Trinity College, the Office of Public Works, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Arts Council collections.