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, Kennedy Gallery and Bartfield 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, Burt Reynolds,
Ian Cumming, John Huntsman, Bill Kerr, Stan Kamen, Mack Pogue, 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