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2822 Rolling Knolls Dr.
Provo, UT 84604

801-225-5766

Western Wildlife Art -

The Art of the Coleman Family of Artists:

Fine Art

Western Art

Art of the american west

American indian art

 

Michael Coleman

Morgan Coleman

Nicholas Coleman

Sarah 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,  and traveled 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, but his work also includes bronzes. 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, Ian Cumming, John Huntsman, Stan Kamen, President George Bush, Sr., Vice-President Dick 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:

  • 2014    Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 2014    Briscoe Western Art Museum Night of Artists, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013    Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2013    Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2013    Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2012    Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2012    Briscoe Western Art Museum Night of Artists, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012    Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2012    Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2011     Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2011     Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2011     Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2010    Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2010    Briscoe Western Art Museum Night of Artists, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2010    Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2010    Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2009   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2009   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2009   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2008   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2008   Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 2008   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2008   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2008   One-man show, Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming 
  • 2007   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2007   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2007   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2007   The Paintings of Yellowstone: A Retrospective Show, Montana Trails Gallery, Bozeman, Montana
  • 2006   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2006   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2006   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2005   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2005   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2005   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2004    Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2004   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2004   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2003   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2003   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2003   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2003   Governor’s Mansion Artist, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2002   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2002   Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California
  • 2002   Most Honored Artists of Utah-Olympic Curatorial Committee
  • 2001    Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 2000   Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 1999    Buffalo Bill Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • 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
  • Bill Kerr, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Ian Cumming, Leucadia Corporation, Salt Lake City
  • John Huntsman, Huntsman Chemical Company, Salt Lake City
  • Canadian Embassy
  • Leaning Tree Museum, Colorado
  • Long Grass Prairie Preserve, Oklahoma
  • Wells Fargo, Provo, Utah
  • Thomas S. Monson, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Christopher Forbes

Commissions:

  • 1995    National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, Wyoming
  • 1985    Boone and Crockett Club, Brown Bear Conservation Stamp
  • 1986    Alaskan Professional Hunters Association, Grizzly Stamp
  • 1987    Alaskan Professional Hunters Association
  •             Hyatt Regency, Aspen, Colorado
  •             Leaning Tree Museum, Colorado

Films:

  • The Romantic Western Landscape of Michael Coleman, Ian Mandan producer

Bibliography:

  • 2012    The Ties That Bind, Western Art & Architecture, Feb/Mar by Laura Zuckerman
  • 2009    A Wing and A Prayer, Western Art Collector, July
  • 2009    Under Eagles’ Wings: The Art of Michael Coleman, Peter H. Hassrick, published by Coleman Studios.
  • 2008    A Family of Art: The Colemans, Western Art Collector, July
  • 2008    Illuminations: Michael Coleman, Western Art & Architecture, Summer/Fall
  • 2003    New Horizons, Michael Coleman Pushes His Envelope, by Rebecca H. Rowland, Wildlife Art, March/April
  • 2002    Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America’s First National Park, Peter H. Hassrick, Autry Museum of Western Heritage in association with University of Washington Press 
  • 1999    Masters for the new Millenium (The Important and Enduring Work of America’s Twelve Most Compelling Artists), Art of the West, November/December (12th Anniversary Issue)
  • 1998    Artists to Watch in ‘99, U.S. Art, December
  • 1996    Salt Lake City, November/December
  • 1995    Southwest Art, Commemorative Edition Covering The West: The Best of Southwest Art, July
  • 1992    Art of the West, March/April
  • 1992    Salt Lake City, January
  • 1990    WildLife Art, November/December
  • 1990    Top Ten Investments For the 90’s, USA Today
  • 1988    Sporting Classics, May/June
  • 1987    Southwest Art, November
  • 1987    Sports Afield, October
  • 1985    Grays Sporting Journal, Summer
  • 1984    American Way, May
  • 1984    Sports Afield, July
  • 1984    Southwest Art, January - Cover
  • 1983    Sports Afield, April
  • 1978    Rocky Mountain Magazine
  • 1977    Southwest Art, February
  • 1976    Ten American Landscape Artists and How They Work, edited by Susan Meyer, published by Watson Guptill
  • 1975    American Artist, January, Western Art

Gallery Representations:

  • Legacy Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming
  • J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, New York
  • Owings Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico

Limited Edition Publisher:

  • Coleman Studios, LLC, 2822 Rolling Knolls Drive, Provo, UT 84604, 801-225-5766

Other Projects: