Guy Coheleach, b. 1933, New York, New York, (United States)
Along with over a hundred one-man commercial shows in various cities, Guy Coheleach's work has been exhibited in the National Collection of Fine Art, The White House, The Corcoran Gallery, and the Royal Ontario 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.In 1995 his exhibition was hosted by The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and in 1996 by the Newark Museum.
Guy Coheleach's paintings have received the Society of Animal Artists' Award of Excellence an extraordinary eight times. This most prestigious honor is awarded by the curators and professors of fine art from museums and universities across America. He received the celebrated Master Artist Medal from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in 1983, one of only nine artists both living and dead so honored at the time.
PBS did two films on Coheleach in 2006 and he has been the subject of two other films, "Guy Coheleach and the Bald Eagle" and "Quest: An Artist and His Prey," both of these have been shown on all three national television networks in the 1970s. He has been the focus of Articles in Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife and Wildlife Art News as well as numerous 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 book are out-of-print. However, Guy Coheleach's Animal Art by DDR Publishing and The African Lion as Man-Eater by Panther Press are still in print.
Gathering visual reference for his paintings, he is a frequent traveler to our national parks, Alaska, Europe, South America and Africa, having been to the Dark Continent as much as four times in one year since the late sixties.
In 1972, he was run down by an elephant in Zambia. This hair-raising film has been on all three major networks. "This is exactly that 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.
His donations to worthy causes are limited only by time and availability of work. At the University of Tennessee, his endowment provides about six full scholarships to the School of Wildlife Management for needy Students each year.