John Coleman is a member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) and a fellow member of the National Sculpture Society in New York City. Last year he took a hiatus from his regular show schedule, Prix de West included, to focus on his one-man show titled “Spirit • Lives • Legends” at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Coleman was also the subject of a retrospective at the Scottsdale Museum of the West titled “Past/Present/Future” that spanned 50 years of his artistic journey.
According to Coleman, he has since returned to his regular schedule with a renewed enthusiasm, and is honored that he was asked to create the collector’s bolo for this year’s Prix de West. His bolo design, called Dragonfly, is based on a painting that he did of the same name. Coleman is also honored that his bronze Honeymoon at Crow Fair, which is in the permanent collection of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, was recently installed adjacent to the main walkway leading into the Museum’s entrance.
“I believe that my best work comes as a result of true reflection on my feelings at the time the art is conceived,” Coleman said, noting that for his piece featured in the Prix de West catalog, he chose to sculpt something that was personal and conveyed a mood of strength. “Unvanquished is that piece.”