Guy Coheleach

Guy Coheleach is one of the finest painters of wildlife in the world. The following biography is taken from the Abradale/Abrams book The Big Cats: The Paintings of Guy Coheleach. This book is highly recommended to any fans of wildlife art. Not only is it full of paintings and sketches, but the accompanying text is extremely informative, containing descriptions of the life habits of the featured big cats.

Guy Coheleach (pronounced Ko-lee-ak) is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, New York, and has an Honarary Doctorate from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

His gift for painting character, motion, and life into his birds and animals is as deep as his thirst for adventure. His versatile talents are displayed in this book, where his paintings range from the slashing boldness of Rocky Mountain Chase and Siberian Chase to the extraordinary detail in the head portraits of big cats.

He has climbed mountains, tracked lion and buffalo, caught rattlesnakes and cobras all over the world. Elected to the prestigious Explorer's Club as a Fellow, and to the Boone and Crockett Club, he was also the youngest member ever admitted to the Adventurer's Club in New York.

He has been the subject of two wildlife films and of articles in many magazines and newspapers, including Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, and the Washington Star.

Coheleach's work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Collection of Fine Arts, and the White House, all in Washington, D.C; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and the American Museum of Natural History and the National Audabon Society in New York. He was the first Western artist to exhibit in Peking after World War II, and has had over one hundred one-man shows in some sixty cities in North America and Europe.

He has received numerous awards, and his work has raised funds and membership for most of the world's major conservation groups.

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