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,
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
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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