Artist biography for Michael Coleman artwork by Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman
Michael Coleman was born and raised in Provo, Utah and spent his boyhood hunting, fishing and trapping throughout the Rocky Mountains, often taking a sketchbook with him. Early on, he decided on a career in art, studying at Brigham Young University and traveling broadly for subject matter.



Coleman quickly became a prominent Southwestern artist when in 1978, at the age of 32, he was given his first retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He exhibited at the National Academy of Western Art and at Kennedy Galleries in New York. Then, in 1999, he won the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his bronze of a moose titled “September,” which work has joined the permanent collection of the Hall of Fame.



He paints primarily in oil on board or gouache. He marks out key areas including the horizon line, working from the top to the bottom and adds highlights towards the end. His style is greatly influenced by many of the key early 19th century masters of the Hudson River School, such as: Henry Farny, Thomas Moran and George Inness, and the 20th century animal painter, Carl Rungius.



His paintings are rich in detail and muted in tone, true to the remote landscapes he chooses to illustrate. The Indian encampments, wildlife and hunting subjects portrayed against these magnificent areas are rendered in such a way as to give the viewer a sense of gazing on the past.



Coleman loves best the dusky-grey, misty, muted tones of fall and early winter and is known for his landscapes of rich colors and detail. He combines realism and atmospheric styles, often with animals depicted in those autumn settings when they are in their prime, but his pieces always suggest a balanced harmony between artist, animal, and nature.



Coleman’s works can be found in the private and public collections of Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Ian Cumming, John Huntsman, Bill Kerr, Stan Kamen, Mack Pogue, President George Bush, Sr., Vice-President Cheney, the Corning Museum, the Anschutz Collection, the National Wildlife Art Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Museum of Dubai, just to name a few.







Born: June 25, 1946, Provo, Utah
Education: Brigham Young University




SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, HONORS, AND AWARDS:



2009 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



2008 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin



2008 One-man show, Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming



2007 The Paintings of Yellowstone: A Retrospective Show, Montana Trails Gallery, Bozeman,
Montana



2003 Governor’s Mansion Artist, Salt Lake City, UT



2002 Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California



2002 Most Honored Artists of Utah-Olympic Curatorial Committee



1999 Prix de West Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



1996 One-man show, National Hunting Museum, Munich, Germany



1993 National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Gold Medal Award



(Watercolor)
1992 National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Silver Medal Award (Oil)



1992 International Wildlife Exposition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa



1992 Hubbard Award for Excellence



1992 International Exhibition of Wildlife and Natural History



1991 Hubbard Award for Excellence



1989 One-man show, J.N. Bartfield Gallery, New York



1988 One-man show, J.N. Bartfield Gallery, New York



1986 One-man show, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico



1985 One-man show, Wunderlich & Co., New York



1985 One-man show, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico



1984 Museum of Western Art, Denver



1984 One-man show, Wunderlich & Co., New York



1983 Mongerson Gallery, Chicago



1983 Charlie Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana



1981 Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs, California



1979 Gold & Silver Medal, Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



1979 One-man show, Kennedy Galleries, New York



1977 One-man show, Kennedy Galleries, New York



1977 One-man show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming



1976 One-man show, Kennedy Galleries, New York




PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:



The White House, Washington, D.C.



National Museum of Dubai



NuSkin International, Provo, Utah



Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama



Texas Commerce Bank, Houston



Anschutz Collection, Denver



Corning Museum, New York



Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming



Charlie Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana



William Middendorf, Washington, D.C.



Mack Pogue, Dallas



Sports Afield Magazine, New York



Burt Reynolds, Los Angeles



Hal Wallace, Los Angeles



Clint Eastwood, Carmel



Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles



Steven L. Rose, Los Angeles



Stan Kamen, Los Angeles



National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson Hole, Wyoming



Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri



Thomas S. Monson, Salt Lake City, Utah



Bill Kerr, Jackson Hole