THOMAS COATES (b.1941)
HNEAC, Hon PS, Hon RBA, RP, RWA, RWA
SEATED FEMALE NUDE STUDY
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Oil on Canvas
Initialled bottom LHS
250 mm x 300 mm
345 mm x 400 mm
Very attractive and tasteful, small oil on canvas of a female nude, sitting on a small chaise longue, looking away towards another part of the room and she seems to be contemplating. There is a wooden chair in front of her with a pillow perched across the back of this chair. What looks like the wooden post of a four poster bed is painted into the foreground along with another chair in the RHS corner, giving the impression that this is a bedroom. The woman has her hair up and has her left arm resting on the top of the chaise longue with a vibrant orange throw draped over the the top.
The piece has a very wistful mood about it with a softness that comes through with the different fabric drapes that have been included around the woman.
As described by his close friend & associate, David Wolfers of the New Grafton Gallery, “Tom paints with a sense of urgency and has a natural ability to express what he sees on canvas. He is a prolific painter for whom technique is second nature.” Tom emphasises the use of good draughtsmanship, he always has a sketchbook and his specially designed pochard box to hand for his oils, wherever he may be.
THOMAS COATES (b.1941) HNEAC, Hon PS, Hon RBA, RP, RWA, RWA
Thomas Coates is a very well-known painter in oil, watercolour and pastel. He studied at Bournville College of Art (1956-59), at Birmingham College of Art (1959-61) and at the Royal Academy Schools (1961-64). He has exhibited at many group shows, including at the Royal Academy since 1980, and has had solo shows at The New Grafton Gallery, Messum’s Gallery, W.H. Patterson Gallery, Alresford Gallery and The Cross Gate Gallery at Lexington in Kentucky. Tom Coates is a Past President of both the Royal Society of British Artists and the New English Art Club and is currently a member of a number of other prestigious art societies in the UK. In 1990 the Ministry of Defence commissioned him to paint the Ceremonial Procession for the Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday and he was also commissioned to paint a portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales. His work is held in many public and private collections.
He is President of the New English Art Club and past President of the Royal Society of British Artists, and a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, being the featured artist in 1987. In the same year he was awarded the Painter Stainers' prize and the NEAC Critics’ prize. In 1992 he won the Horse and Hound Royal Ascot prize and his winning painting was presented to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 40th Anniversary of her accession.
Tom Coates has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition since 1980 and his work is held in many public and private collections.
Tom Coates was born in 1941 and studied at Bourneville College of Art, Birmingham College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Tom Coates is an artist, very much in the English tradition, who has a spontaneous and instinctive reaction to his subject. He uses watercolours, oils and pastels. He is also known for his original portraits.
1961-64 Won scholarship to RA Schools
1956-59 Bournville College of Art
1959-61 Birmingham College of Art
Other Society Memberships
Pastel Society (PS), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
Scholarships, Awards & Prizes
2007 Ondaatje Gold Medal Prize, RP
2003 Minto Award, NEAC
2000 Prince of Wales Drawing Award, RP
1990 Ministry of Defence, Commission to paint the Ceremonial Procession for the Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday
1990 Drawing of Professor Crick OM, HM Queen’s Collection, Windsor Library
1988 Singer Friedlander & Sunday Times First Watercolour Prize
1987 Painter Stainers Prize, NEAC Critics’ Prize
1984 Gold Medal d’honneur, French Pastel Society
1984 De lazo Medal Winner, RBA
The New Grafton
The Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
One Man Shows
The New Grafton, Messum’s Gallery, Mall Galleries, W.H.Patterson’s Gallery, Alresford Gallery, The Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky