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,
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
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