Thomas Coates P.P.P.S., P.P.R.B.A., P.P.N.E.A.C., R.W.S., R.P., R.O.I

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(British, b. 1941)

Born in 1941 in Birmingham England, Tom Coates first studied art at Birmingham College of Art and continued his studies in 1961 at the Royal Academy Schools were he was awarded many scholarships. Now living in Hampshire with his wife Mary Jackson, an artist in her own right, Tom is well respected among his peers.  He is Past President of the Royal Pastel Society and the Royal Society of Watercolor Painters.  He is also Past President of The Royal Society of British Artists, and Past President and Honorary Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists.  Coates is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Past President of the New English Art Club.

Tom works in oils, watercolors and pastel. His subjects range from landscapes to portraits, and equestrian commissions. He exhibits frequently at the Mall Galleries and many other contemporary galleries in London and the Provinces. He exhibits annually with the Royal Academy in their Summer Exhibition.


Tom has won many open competitions and awards including the 1991 and 1992 top prize from the Singer Friedlander, London Sunday Times for British Watercolorists. Tom was awarded the Horse and Hound Royal Ascot Prize and the painting was presented to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 40th Anniversary of her accession. He was awarded the Critics Award in 1994 and the Minto Prize in 2004. He was commissioned to record the late Queen Motherís 90th birthday celebration on Horse Guard Parade. The Queen commissioned Tom to draw Francis Crick OM for the Windsor Castle Collection. He was awarded the Prince of Wales drawing prize and the gold medal. He received the Christopher Ondaatje award for the most outstanding portrait at the Royal Portrait Society annual show in 2007.

Spring Light, Keeneland
Oil on Canvas 20" x 24"

Deep Shadows, Campo Santa Maria
Oil on Canvas 20" x 24"

Parrot Tulips
Oil on Canvas 24' x 20"

Hollyhocks, Morning Light
Oil on Canvas 48" x 24"