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. 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 in these magnificent areas are rendered to give the viewer a sense of gazing on the past.
Michael 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. In 1999, he won the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his bronze moose September, which has since been added to its permanent collection.
His artwork can be found at the Legacy Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona; Owings Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and J. N. Bartfield Gallery in New York. A book about his work titled Under Eagles’ Wings: The Art of Michael Coleman was published in 2009.