Cole is a well-established sculptor, painter, and muralist. Cole’s
sculptural paintings hug the wall and are moderately small, with
portions that thrust toward the viewer. The energy in these compact
compositions is musical; the forms take unexpected turns and leaps.
These sculptures are friendly and inviting, yet they are imbued
with tragic memories. Cole’s paintings in the shape of ties
use the form in two ways: as a symbol of the world of power and
as a reminder of the lynching rope that was
a part of African-American life. Cole also demonstrates his talent
in many colorful constructions paying homage to such important women
as Rosa Parks and Billie Holiday. In 1996 Cole was commissioned
by Coca-Cola to paint a 15-story-high mural on a building opposite
of the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Cole’s work is
in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery; Nations Bank, Charlotte;
IBM, New York; and The Tampa Museum in Florida.