Artist in oil, watercolour and pastel in the spontaneous English tradition. Studied
at Bournville College of Art, 1956-9, Birmingham College of Art, 1959-61, and Royal
Academy Schools, 1961-4, his teachers including Peter Greenham. Won several prizes
and scholarships during his studies, and many afterwards.
As well as showing widely in mixed shows in London and the provinces, Coates was
for a time President of the Royal Society of British Artists, and of the Pastel Society.
He was also a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, Royal Society of Portrait
Painters, and New English Art Club, the latter of which he was recently President.
He wrote the book “Creating a Self-Portrait” in 1990.
His one man shows include a number at the Grafton Gallery. Coates carried out a series
of prestigious commissions, including one for the Royal Watercolour Society in 1990
to paint the ceremonial procession celebrating HRH The Queen Mother’s ninetieth birthday.