JOHN COLEMAN
 

John Coleman is a multi-faceted artist working proficiently in the genres of sculpture, oils, and charcoal. His love of history and philosophy have enabled him to develop a profound connection to the subjects he portrays.

Always an advocate for traditional art, Coleman was pleased to demo at Fine Art Connoisseur’s first Figurative Art Convention & Expo (FACE) event in Miami Beach, Florida in 2017. FACE is a gathering of talented artists from around the world whose purpose is to bring focus back to traditional art.

Coleman has received many accolades and awards and is honored that his life-size sculpture of The Healer received the Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award. In January of 2019, he will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Desert Caballeros Western Museum (Wickenburg, AZ), and he was chosen to receive the first Artist of Excellence Award at The Booth Museum (Cartersville, GA) in February of 2017.

Coleman is the former president of the Cowboy Artists of America and has served on the board of the National Sculpture Society (New York City). In his hometown of Prescott, Arizona, the artist has served on the board of The Preservation Commission and The Phippen Museum (Prescott, AZ), and he is a current board member of The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Partnership. Coleman is an Emeritus Member of the Cowboy Artists of America, a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and a Signature Member of The California Art Club.


AMERICAN HORSE

“American Horse was a prominent Oglala Sioux chief who was married to Red Cloud’s daughter.  Part of my inspiration for this sculpture was his famous top hat, which at the time was the ultimate symbol of white-man power. He received this as a delegate during a trip to Washington in the early 1890s. During this trip, American Horse was also gifted a Benjamin Harris Peace Medal. The hat was later decorated by the wife of American Horse using eagle feathers, a cavalry helmet eagle plate, and an American flag. This hat is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.” - John Coleman