Coulter Prehm (b.1984) is an artist working in a primarily optical method of painting and drawing which he acquired from his teacher and mentor, Tony Ryder. Colt also puts his years of artistic training to use working as a custom tattooist. He resides with his wife Liz and his Olde English Bulldogge Goliath in Santa Fe, NM.
My love for family, art and nature are surpassed only by my love for The Father and King Jesus, who have taken me to where I am and to where I am heading. I am in a constant state of gratefulness. My work and whole inspiration are based on love and the energy creating and intertwining all beings and our physical surroundings. All these things that we observe have been revealed to us by Light which is astoundingly perfect and infinitely beautiful. By committing time, which is the most precious of resources, to our subjects in study and interaction we can, as artists, change our surroundings and world by demonstrating love and appreciation. It is only through this interaction that we can discover inherent beauty that is so often overlooked and hopefully through skill and understanding we are able to articulate the transient gift we experience to the rest of the population.
Education and Work Experience
(2003-2008) Iowa State University College of Art and Design (BA). Primary instructor, Brent Holland. Ames, Iowa.
(06/07) Juan Martinez still life workshop. Toronto, Canada
(06/07) Tony Ryder portrait painting workshop. Santa Fe, New Mexico
(11/08) Michael Grimaldi figure drawing workshop. Santa Fe, New Mexico
(08/09) Michael Grimaldi figure painting workshop. Bay Area Classical Atelier. Belmont, California
(01/10) Kevin Gorges figure painting workshop. Santa Fe, New Mexico
(05/08-09/10) Full time drawing and painting instruction with Tony Ryder and Anna Wakitsch at the Ryder Studio School. Santa Fe, New Mexico
(08/05) Full time tattoo artist apprenticeship with Robert Parr. Ames, IA
(08/05-06/08) Jaded Angel Tattoo. Custom Tattooist. Ames, IA
(06/08- 02/11) Talisman Tattoo. Custom Tattooist. Santa Fe, NM
(02/11-Present)Prehm Studios. Custom Body Artist. Santa Fe, NM
(04/08) Iowa State University Art and Design Exhibition. Ames, IA
(10/08) Ryder Studio Exhibition. Santa Fe, NM
(05/09) Contemporary Realism, Canyon Road Contemporary Art. Santa Fe, NM
(11/09) Ryder Studio Exhibition, Kakawa. Santa Fe, NM
(06/10) Ryder Studio Exhibition. Santa Fe, NM
(07/10) Naked. Group Show,Skotia Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
(12/10) Holiday Miniature Show, Abend Gallery. Denver, CO
(12/10) 2010 Holiday Art Show. Art of Day. Artofday.com
(01/12) Rare and Unique Works. Beals and Abbate Fine Art. Santa Fe, NM
(06/12) The Portrait in American Realism. Haynes Galleries. Thomaston, ME
(07/12) Re-Presenting the Nude II. Evoke Contemporary Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
(07/12) Heads Up. Steven Boone Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
(11/12) Of Love. Beals and Abbate Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
(06/09) Tony Ryder portrait painting workshop TA, Ryder Studio School
(01/10) Drawing and basic tattoo procedure workshop. Santa Fe, NM
(2008- Present) Private sessions and Prehm Studio's workshop instructor
(09/09- 06/10) Tony Ryder intensive program, student instructor, Ryder Studio School
(10/10- Present) Art Spot instructor. Santa Fe, NM
(Starting 2011) Bay Area Classical Artists' Atelier (BACAA) instructor
(10/10) Day, James. Contemporary Realist Paintings and Drawings. Artofday.com.
(11/10) Newman, Edward. Art, Tatts and Faith. Ennyman’s Territory.
(11/10) O’Hern, John. Rock of Ages. American Art Collector Magazine.
(12/10) Franklin, Jaya. Coulter (Colt) Prehm. Visionary Artistry Magazine.
(01/11) Corbin, Michael. artChat2; Coulter Prehm. ArtBookGuy.com.
(02/11) Step by Step; Creating a Self Portrait. Tattoo Artist Magazine.
(05/11) Artist Interview. Tattoo Bible Vol. 2. (Skin Deep Magazine).
(06/11) Aitken-Smith, Trent. Down The Barrel of a Colt. Skin Deep Magazine.
(06/11) Tattoo Dynamite. Skin Deep Magazine.
(06/11) Using Color Theory to Create Better Tattoos. Tattoo Artist Magazine.
(09/11) Douerty, Steven. Hudson River Anniversary. Plein Air Magazine.
(11/11) Aitken-Smith, Trent. Artist Interview. Hi-Fructose Magazine.
(06/12) Peer, Katelyn. The Pursuit of Internal Obligations. YOLK, Santa Fe Creative Forum.
(07/10) Franklin, Jaya. Coulter "Colt" Prehm: Representing Realism. Visionary Artistry Magazine.
(11/12) O'Hern, John. Living Portraits. American Art Collecotor Magazine.
(11/12) Mitchell, Lindsay. Beals and Abbate: Coulter Prehm. Southwest Art Magazine.
Awards and Honors
(05/10) Selected for 2010 Hudson River Fellowship
(12/10) Selected for "Artists Who Teach." Juried art instructor resource.