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
He paints primarily in oil on board or gouache. 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,
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, 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.
Many of Michael's works can be found in the book, "Under
Eagles' Wings: the Art of Michael Coleman," published in
"Old Traveler" bronze
by Michael Coleman
For more information call
The Plainsmen Gallery 1-888-779-2240