This is a rather early landscape etching in brown ink, signed at lower right in pencil by the renowned southwestern artist MICHAEL B. COLEMAN (1946-). The work is numbered 20/20 at lower left margin. Judging from the auction record, which shows that oils have exceeded $50,000, the number of etchings by Coleman's hand is apparently rather limited. This one probably dates to early in his career, perhaps the late 1970's or early 1980's. Coleman was born in Utah and still lives there. By his mid twenties he was already achieving recognition in the art media for his skill in painting, drawing, and etching. Over the years he has come to be a landmark figure in contemporary art of the West and Southwest. His style has been described as realism mixed with atmospheric effects. Some gouaches are especially realistic, almost like those of Henry Farny. This print measures 3 3/8" by 4 3/4" inside the plate mark and the sheet measures 6" by 8". The force of the impression seems to have been particularly strong, as the paper shows evidence of deformation at that plate mark edge. The present mat is attractive, with hand ruling; the frame, originally of nice quality, is now damaged at the bottom and it likely needs to be replaced. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS IN MY SHOP.
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