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John Coleman

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1949 -

 

John is known for his ability to capture the subtle side of the narrative of a sculpture. His skillful gestures, faces and the emotion they express lead the viewer through the story his pieces tell.

“It is interesting to imagine the differences and similarities cultures other than my own express at different stages in their lives. For one of my pieces, The Wedding Couple, my interest was first to show what I believe are the universal emotions that go with two people coming together for the first time.”

“Legend has it that the courting flute was originally given as a gift by the woodland animals to a bashful young man who had trouble communicating with the woman he loved. The animals put their voices in the flute so as to speak on his behalf. Stories like this one are not uncommon in Native culture. For me, creating a sculpture that has life in it often comes down to the story that inspired it. My goal is to invoke the same sense of emotion in my bronze as in the story I heard. My catalog piece shows a proud and confident man. His new bride, although slightly shy, reaches for his hand which is still holding the courting flute.”

John is honored to have received the Silver Medal in sculpture at his first exhibition with the Cowboy Artists of America last year for his larger than life Kokopelli. Another piece in that exhibition, Visions of Change, has been placed in the permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art.

“Being voted into the Cowboy Artists of America in 2001 has been the highlight of my artistic career. Keeping company with those who are truly considered to be the greatest of Western Artists will always be an honor for me.”

John enjoys sharing his passion for sculpture through teaching and will once again teach at the Scottsdale Artists School in April and also at the Loveland Academy in August 2004. He has been a professional member of the National Sculpture Society since 1999 and lives in Prescott, Arizona.