News Release

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2001

Joanne Bishop
Peel Heritage Complex
905-791-4055, Ext. 2150

Phil Coman's Photography Teaches About World

(Brampton) - Phil Coman is a multi-talented individual. But for this fine pianist, experienced home renovator and volunteer, photography is what he likes and does best. Phil Coman's exhibition opens at the Whitney Gallery, Peel Heritage Complex, on July 20 and runs until Sept. 9, 2001.

Born in Toronto, Coman, who now lives in Brampton, took his first photograph at the age 17 and became a professional photographer at 23. Mostly self-taught, he mastered the craft through practice, numerous courses and seminars, and he refers to his style as landscape photography in the romantic tradition. Coman gets ideas for his work from maps, magazines, geography and dreams.

"Coman's work is an example of painterly photography, and his subtle touch, sensitive eye and masterful printing technique allow us to fully appreciate the broad implications of what photography can teach us about world in which we live," said David Somers, Curator of Peel Heritage Complex.

Coman loves working in the western United States. He develops all his work in his darkroom at home.

Coman's work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and England. He has also participated in various competitions and juried shows. In 1995, Coman won Juror's Choice Award at the annual Mystic Art Association Photographic Exhibition in Mystic, Connecticut and in 1998, he won the Best in Photography award at the annual Juried Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peel.

Coman has also maintained a commercial studio in the Brampton area for 13 years. His clients include IBM, Bank of Nova Scotia, Maclean's magazine and many others.

"Phil Coman's photography teaches about world"

Coman is also an accomplished pianist, who has performed in Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia and has recently recorded two CDs, which will be available for purchase at the exhibit.

An active volunteer in his community, Coman is a Big Brother of Metro Toronto. In 1990, he won the Marshall Award for outstanding achievement in service.

The Art Gallery of Peel is part of the Peel Heritage Complex and is operated by the Region of Peel and located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. The Complex is open to the public Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends: 12 to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday evenings: 6 to 9 p.m. The admission fees are $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for seniors; $1 for students; and $7 for families.

The Peel Heritage Complex is made up of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel and Region of Peel Archives. Together they collect, preserve and display a wide variety of materials related to Peel's heritage.


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