Guy Coheleach’s paintings have been in 41 one-man retrospective exhibitions in major museums in 32 cities from New York to Los Angeles from 1991 to 2011. Along with over a hundred one-man commercial shows worldwide, his work has also been exhibited in the National Collection of Fine Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, the White House, Washington DC’s Corcoran Gallery, the Norton Gallery and the Newark Museum. His paintings have received the Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence an eight times. This most prestigious honor is awarded by curators and professors of fine art from museums and universities across America.
In 1983, he was awarded the prestigious Birds in Art Master Artist Award by the Woodson Art Museum. Visiting Heads of State have received his American Eagle print, and he was the first Western artist to exhibit in Peking after World War II. Coheleach became a charter member of The World Wildlife Fund’s “The 1001: A Nature Trust” in 1972. His endowment at the University of Tennessee provides about six full scholarships to the School of Wildlife Management each year. In 2012, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Animal Artists.
His first trip to Africa was accomplished as a result of winning his division in the 1966 Winchester National Trap and Skeet Championship and has returned to Africa between 1 and 5 times a year ever since then.
Not content with skydiving and hunting Cape buffalo, he took his need for field experience to the extreme. In 1972, he was run down by an elephant in Zambia. This hair-raising film was seen on all three major networks at the time. “This is exactly the kind of knowledge that has made him one of the best wild animal painters in the world admired by both scientists and art critics,” says Pat Robertson in Sporting Classics.
Coheleach graduated from Cooper Union and received an Honorary Doctorate from William and Mary. PBS featured him and his work in Africa entitled “Journeys Of An Artist.” He was also the subject of two films, “Guy Coheleach and the Bald Eagle” and “Quest: An Artist and His Prey;” in addition, he has been the focus of articles in Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife Magazine and Audubon as well as many other regional art and wildlife magazines. The Big Cats: The Paintings of Guy Coheleach by Abrams was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1982. Both it and his Coheleach: Master of the Wild are out of print. Guy Coheleach’s Animal Art by DDR Publishing is still available. His highly acclaimed book The African Lion as Man-Eater was published in 2004. Coheleach’s text in this book is embellished by over 100 of his paintings.
Primary Medium: Oil and Watercolor
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