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Michael Coleman

Birth place or City of origin: Provo
State of origin: UT
Last known City: Provo
Last known State: UT
Start/Birth date: 1946
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Born and continuing to live in Provo, Utah, Michael Coleman is renowned for his Southwestern landscapes painted in a traditional style showing the influence of 19th-century painters like Henry Farny, Thomas Moran, George Inness and Carl Rungius. Michael’s landscapes are rich with color with a combination of realism and atmospheric styles, often depicting animals, Indians and Teepees, suggesting the natural harmony between the artist, the animal, and the wide world of nature. He has exhibited at the National Academy of Western Art, and in 1978, at the age of 32, Coleman was given his first retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. In 1999, he won the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and hasn’t looked back since!

Born and raised in Provo, Utah, Michael Coleman 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 works primarily in oil on board, gouache, and bronze. His paintings are rich in detail and muted in tone, true to the remote landscapes he chooses to illustrate. He and his work have been profiled in such publications as American Artist, Art of the West, Grays Sporting Journal, Southwest Art, Sports Afield, Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector, and Wildlife Art.

In addition to the Autry's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, he has exhibited his work at the Kennedy Galleries, the Mongerson-Wunderlich Galleries, and the J. N. Bartfield Galleries, New York; the Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana. In 1996, the National Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum in Munich, Germany, featured an exhibition of his work that subsequently traveled to museums in the United States. In 1999, he won the Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his wildlife sculpture September.

Coleman is an avid outdoorsman, angler, and hunter. His art often interferes with these activities.

Michael Coleman is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming.


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