Bear in Upper Geyser Basin by Michael Coleman


American artist Michael Coleman (b. 1946), born and raised in Provo, Utah, is a prominent Southwestern landscape painter creating works in a traditional aesthetic style that are influenced by such prominent 19th century painters as Henry Farny, Thomas Morgan and George Inness, and also by the well-known animal painter Carl Rungius. Coleman completed his fine art training at Brigham Young University, and then began his wide-spread travels in search of subject matter. Coleman paints primarily with gouache on masonite primed with gesso, and then marks out key areas of the composition, before building up his works in rich colours and detailed brushstrokes that are illustrative of his realism and atmospheric styles. 

In 1978, Coleman had his first retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He has exhibited at the National Academy of Western Art and in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition where, in 1999, he won the Prix de West Award. Coleman’s works can be found in the private collections of Clint Eastwood, Ian Cumming, and President George Bush, as well as the public collections of the Corning Museum, the Anschutz Collection, the National Wildlife Art Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Canadian Embassy.

32 ½ x 38 in., framed

24 x 30 in. 

Oil on masonite