Born and raised in Southern California, John Coleman now lives in
Prescott, Arizona and is widely regarded as one of today's most
prominent Western sculptors. The irony is that John Coleman has spent
more than half his life "not being an artist." At the age of 44 John
Coleman began his professional art career. Since that time Coleman has
been voted into the National Sculpture Society of New York and the most
recent inductee to the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.
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like to tell stories in my work using metaphors that help explain who
we are and from where we came. Creating an object means little to me
unless I can portray an underlying emotion or analogy. Each piece tells
a story in the three dimensional, a visual mythology written by my
hands and spiritual imagination somehow linking us to the past and
bringing us to a greater understanding of our ancestors"
- John Coleman
first exposed to John Coleman's work you will feel the power in his
compositions. A man who has always worked with his hands, they are
strong and experienced. Devoted to perfecting the portrayal of the
human form with drama and accuracy, Coleman is distinctive. John
Coleman works at a steady, productive pace, consistent with the
research that goes into each piece. As a result, you are presented with
the accuracy of sustained attention to the slightest detail, augmented
by the power of the figures themselves, figures that seem to draw us in
and convey a connection between us.
Whether historic, Native
American folklore, mythical themes, or contemporary figures, John
Coleman captures a human essence that will continue to haunt the viewer.