Benjamin John COLEMAN

For the 2012 Spring Auction, Benjamin John COLEMAN has donated his piece titled “Outcropping II“.  Auction date: 10 May 2012.

Artist’s website:

Artist Bio/Statement: I’m a former high school math teacher and computer entrepreneur – turned artist, author and inventor! My education was highly technical; engineering, mathematics, and economics. When people began referring to me as an “artist” I felt confused and a little embarrassed. I had never considered the matter.

Over time I have come to understand that I am an artist; in fact everyone is an artist. Each person combines their unique perspective, a lifetime of seeing, touching, feeling and experiencing, into their work. My goal is to unleash the artist in you. I consider myself no more than a facilitator. My techniques are designed to be simple, yet they have infinite possibilities.

Perhaps you will express your artistic side, just like I do, with a discrete emphasis on the technical, or maybe you will discover an aspect of this art form I have not yet explored. Whichever path you choose, I hope you will enjoy following it, and my books are here to help you along the way.

Origami Bonsai  (Tuttle, 2010) is my first book and one of three books in a series for creating botanical sculptures made from paper.

Origami 101 (Creative Publishing International, 2011) is a book that takes several new approaches to teaching origami. My hope is that this book will make origami accessible to the scores of people that previously considered it too complex.

You can see many more pictures of Origami Bonsai sculptures made by people from all over the world, as well as a free magazine devoted to Origami Bonsai, and folding videos and lots more at