See below for artist information or to get more of a personal insight, read our interview with Tom Coates 

Artist Statement

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.

Biographical Details

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

Past Exhibitions

The New Grafton
Messum’s Gallery
Mall Galleries
W.H.Patterson’s Gallery
​Alresford Gallery
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

Publications & Media

'The New English' (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
'Creating a Self-Portrait' Selection of DVDs for AVP films: Oils, Watercolours & Pastel demonstrations