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John Coleman, CAA

Birth place or City of origin:
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Prescott
Last known State: AZ
Start/Birth date: 1949
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A native Californian, John now lives in Prescott, Arizona and is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and the National Sculpture Society of New York. He is considered by many to be one of the Nation’s leading western art sculptors.

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A native Californian, John now lives in Prescott, Arizona and is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and the National Sculpture Society of New York. He is considered by many to be one of the Nation’s leading western art sculptors.

Although he became a professional artist only after a decades-long business career, John Coleman is recognized as one of today’s most successful Western sculptors, noted for the strength and subtlety of his narrative sculpture. His success can be attributed, in part, to his effort to communicate ideas on many levels, beginning with stories of people and their ritual but using the stories to reflect universal ideas. Coleman was elected to membership in the CAA in 2001 and elected President for 2009. He now serves on a committee to develop a mentoring/teaching program for the organization.

Quest for the West, Eiteljog Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Added 4/16/11: (See also OLD Bios)

A native Southern Californian, John Coleman has become a well-known Southwest sculptor of Indian figure work. In October, 2001, he was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America, an organization dedicated to stylistic realism and western themes in the tradition of Charles Russell and Frederick Remington. In 2009, John Coleman was elected President of the CAA.  In CAA exhibitions, he has won numerous awards including in 2009, the Kieckhefer Award* for Best of Show and Artists' Choice. In 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007, he received the Sculpture Award, and in 2006, the Ray Swanson Memorial Award.  He has been part of the Cowboy Artists of America mentoring program for aspiring western artists established by the Joe Beeler CA Foundation.  This project includes a workshop teaching program at the Scottsdale Artists School. 
In June, 2009, Coleman, who is a member of the National Sculpture Society, celebrated his fifth year as a participant in the Prix de West exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He also won the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award and the Nona Joan Hulsey Buyers' Choice Award.
In April 2010, the Gilcrease Museum hosted a retrospective exhibition of Coleman's work. 

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Putting a pulse to his sculptural metaphors through his extensive research of their traditions, religion, and way of life, John Coleman has found that the Native cultures he portrays reflect many of the values that are most important in his own life.

This year, at the invitation of the president of Green-Wood Cemetery, a national historic landmark in Brooklyn that is also the resting place of George Catlin, Coleman created The Greeter in honor of Catlin. Installed there this year, the sculpture is also Coleman's catalog piece for this year's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.

In 2011 Coleman's life-size sculpture, 1876, Gall—Sitting Bull—Crazy Horse, won the Anne Marion Best of Show Award and a Gold Medal at the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) Sale and Exhibition, where he also released his first oil painting for sale.

At the 2010 Masters, Coleman won the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture. In 2009, he was honored with the Prix de West's James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award and the Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers' Choice Award. At the 2009 CAA Sale and Exhibition he won not only the Gold Medal for Sculpture but also the Kieckhefer Award for Best of Show, and he also won a Gold Medal for his drawing Lives With Honor.

In 2010 the Gilcrease Museum in Oklahoma featured a retrospective of Coleman’s work, and he and five other CAA members launched the Joe Beeler CA Foundation, a mentoring program.

Coleman is a Fellow Member of the National Sculpture Society. He and his wife, Sue, make their home in Prescott, Arizona.

John Coleman is represented by InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas; and Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming.



 

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