Michael M. Coleman Biography
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,
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.
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