Guy Coheleach is an American wildlife artist.  His 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 D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery, the Norton Gallery and the Newark 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.
Coheleach (pronounced Ko-lee-ak) was born in New York City in 1933. He grew up on Long Island and went to Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Korean War as the S-2 for the 65th Combat Engineers attached to the 25th Infantry Division. He then attended and graduated from Cooper Union School of Art in 1956. He received an honorary Doctor of Arts from William and Mary.
His first trip to Africa was accomplished as a result of winning his division in the 1966 Winchester National Trap and Skeet Championship and he has returned to Africa between one and five times a year since then.
Not content with skydiving and hunting Cape buffalo, Coheleach 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.
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 numerous regional art and wildlife magazines.
His paintings have received the Society of Animal Artists' Award of Excellence an extraordinary eight times, and he was awarded the prestigious Master Artist Medal from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in 1983. In 2012 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Animal Artists.
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.
Books of Guy Coheleach's works
- The Big Cats: The Paintings of Guy Coheleach. Text by Nancy A. Neff. New York: Harry Abrams, 1982. Abradale 1986.
- Coheleach: Masters of the Wild. Text by Terry Wieland. Camden, South Carolina: Briar Patch Press, 1990.
- Guy Coheleach's Animal Art. Text by Terry Wieland. Cleveland, Ohio: DDR Publishing, 1994.
- The African Lion As Man-Eater by Guy Coheleach [S.l.]: Panther Press, 2003. (ISBN 978-0-9746991-0-3)
- Tynan, Laurie. "The Big Cats/Elephants (Book)." Library Journal 107 (1982): 1886.
- Fornora, Anne. "Guy Coheleach -- Artist and Hunter." Conservationist 42.3 (1987): 26-33.
- The Society of Animal Artists - Exhibition Awards