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John Coleman

Born and raised in Southern California, John is widely regarded as one of today's most prominent Western sculptors. The irony is that John has spent more than half of his life "not being an artist." At the age of 44 he began his professional art career and today is known for his ability to capture the subtle side of the narrative of a sculpture. His skillful gestures, faces and the emotion they express lead the viewer through the story his pieces tell.


"My favorite type of art is the kind that tells a story that is deeper than what you see on the surface. I believe art is about putting a physical face on a spiritual idea. As an artist, I try to provoke the viewer's imagination and participation into my sculpture, to get them to question what is really going on."
John was invited to join the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America in 2001. His first exhibit with the group was in 2002 and he received the Silver Medal in sculpture for his larger than life "Kokopelli." Another piece from that exhibit, "Visions of Change" has been placed in the permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art.
"Being voted into the Cowboy Artists of America has been the highlight of my artistic career. Keeping company with those who are truly considered to be the greatest of Western Artists will always be an honor for me."


At the 2004 Cowboy Artists of America Show, John received the Gold Medal for his life-size sculpture of "Addih-Hiddisch, Hidatsa Chief" from the "Explorer Artists, Bodmer/Catlin Series." That sculpture also received the Kieckhefer Award for Best of Show and was placed in the permanent collection of the Phoenix Art Museum. That same year, John received the coveted CAA Award for the best body of work, voted on by the members of the Cowboy Artists of America. He won the Silver Medal in sculpture for his life-size sculpture of "Pariskaroopa, Two Crows" at the 2005 Cowboy Artists of America Show. Coleman received the Ray Swanson Memorial Award for the monument of "Visions of Change" and the Silver Medal for his drawing, "A Warrior's Journey" at the 2006 Cowboy Artists of America Show.
John Coleman is a professional member of the National Sculpture Society and lives in Prescott, Arizona.


"Iron Sharpens Iron" Bronze by John Coleman, CA, 17"h x 12"w x12"d, ed. 35. Edition is sold out. We have one available- Call for pricing information: 1-888-779-2240

"Mandan Warrior" bronze by John Coleman, CA, 19"h. Available - For pricing information call The Plainsmen Gallery: 1-888-779-2240

"Little Hopi Clowns" bronze by John Coleman, CA. Editiion is sold out. We have one available. For pricing information call The Plainsmen Gallery: 1-888-779-2240

 

"Hisoosanchees, Little Spaniard" bronze by John Coleman, CA, 32"h.

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"Warrior's Lament" bronze by John Coleman, CA, 20"h.

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