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|Nicholas Coleman was born in Provo, Utah, in 1978, and received his BA in fine arts in 2002 from Brigham Young University. Coleman’s work emphasizes the key elements of a good story: scene, structure, event, and plot. Every intentional brush stroke builds a story that evokes the common narrative of struggle, fortitude, and resiliency through both the characters and the characterization. His romantic paintings inspire his audience to join his mission to preserve the fading heritage of the American West. Much of this is a result of his upbringing under his father, famed Western American artist Michael Coleman.
Western art continues to struggle to take its rightful place among mainstream audiences and the celebrated gallery walls long held hostage by curators and critics who evade both its artists and their work. For modern Western artist Nicholas Coleman, this culture clash serves as an appealing element that draws in an audience eager to trade modern life and art for wild landscapes. It is a source of inspiration that leads him to cast Western American art with a wider lens. His work emboldens free-spirited imagination, while his cultural outreach encourages his followers to experience the West for themselves. This desire to push his audience to explore the raw landscapes in their own lives emanates from his core belief that those who cherish Western landscapes will, in turn, come to protect them.
His work is included in many museums and private collections and in several art books. Awards for his art include the Director’s Award and First Place Landscape Painting at the Arc International Salon in 2016; the Artists’ Choice Award at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists and an Award of Merit at the Arc International Salon in 2015; and a Top 100 Award at Arts for the Parks and Award of Merit for Wildlife at the Bennington Center for the Arts’ Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibition in 2003.
Nicholas Coleman is represented by J. N. Bartfield Galleries, New York City; Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas; and Trailside Galleries–online.