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 Michael B. Coleman  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Utah      Known for: Indian genre and wildlife painting and sculpture, etching

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Born and continuing to live in Provo, Utah, Michael Coleman is a prominent Southwestern landscape painter in a traditional style and is much influenced by 19th-century painters Henry Farny, Thomas Moran and George Inness and by 19th and 20th century animal painter, Carl Rungius. Coleman is known for his landscapes of rich colors in a combination of realism and atmospheric styles, often with animals depicted and the suggestion of natural harmony between the artist, the animal, and the wide world of nature.

He grew up fishing and hunting and seemed always to want to be an artist. He majored in fine arts at Brigham Young University, and then traveled widely for subject matter.

Coleman paints primarily with gouache on masonite primed with gesso and then marks out key areas including the horizon line. He works from the top to the bottom of the canvas and adds highlights towards the end.

He has exhibited at the National Academy of Western Art and at Kennedy Galleries in New York. In 1978, he was given his first retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at the age of 32, and in 1999, he won the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his bronze of a moose titled "September 39." The work will join the permanent collection of the Hall of Fame. He has also exhibited with the National Park Academy in their exhibitions called "Arts for the Parks", intended to direct artists back to landscape painting of western national parks. In 1987, he was in the "Arts for the Parks" inaugural exhibition with his entry "Yellowstone Park".

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Peggy and Harold Samuels, "Contemporary Western Artists"
Peter Hassrick, "Drawn to Yellowstone"
"Southwest Art" magazine

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, II:
Born and continuing to live in Provo, Utah, Michael Coleman is a prominent Southwestern landscape painter working with a traditional style. His work is influenced by such 19th century painters as Henry Farny, Thomas Moran and George Inness, and also by the well-known animal painter Carl Rungius. Coleman majored in Fine Arts at Brigham Young University, and then traveled widely for subject matter.

Coleman’s landscapes are depicted in rich colors, and combine both realism and atmospheric styles. His animal works are generally set in the fall or autumn, when the animals are in their prime. Fall is also hunting season, not a coincidence for Coleman, as he grew up hunting and fishing the animals he now paints.

Coleman paints primarily with gouache on masonite primed with gesso, and then marks out key areas, including the horizon line. He works from the top to the bottom of the canvas and adds highlights towards the end.

He has exhibited at the National Academy of Western, 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 for his bronze titled “September 39.” The work will join the permanent collection of the Hall of Fame. He has also exhibited with the National Park Academy in their exhibitions called “Arts for the Parks,” intended to direct artists back to landscape painting of western national parks. In 1987, he was in the “Arts for the Parks” inaugural exhibition with his entry “Yellowstone Park.”

References: Peggy and Harold Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists, Peter Hassrick, Drawn to Yellowstone and Southwest Art magazine

Biography from J Watson Fine Art:
He has achieved worldwide recognition through numerous exhibitions and awards. Michael's paintings have been called a "synthesis of man and nature finding union in art.

Biography from Southwest Graphics Collection:
Michael Coleman grew up fishing and hunting in the countryside surrounding his home of Provo, Utah. His boyhood experiences in the wild compelled him to become a painter...to create those "magical moments".

Coleman received his formal art training at Brigham Young University and at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited in numerous gallery shows, including a one-person show at the Kennedy Galleries in New York, and was given a retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historic Center. He is also a regular exhibitor in the Celebrity Exhibition, Biltmore Gallery, Los Angeles, California. He is listed in "Who's Who In American Art" and has been featured in several major magazines: Southwest Art, Sports Afield and Gray's Sporting Journal.

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