Tom Coates was born in Birmingham in 1941. He studied at the Bournville College of Art 1956 – 59 and Birmingham College of Art 1959 – 61. In 1961, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools. Here, he worked under Keeper Sir Henry Rushbury and Professor Peter Greenham, winning many prizes for his oil paintings. Throughout his career, Tom has travelled a great deal. Valuing good draughtsmanship, on his trips to Australia, North Africa, Europe, and America he chooses to draw from life, filling his sketchbooks with scenes. He has now amassed a large library of sketchbooks which he still utilises as points of reference. When Tom was made President of the New English Art Club, they were put on display to be enjoyed by the public. Tom is always accompanied by his specially-designed pochard box which allows him to paint spontaneously whenever he identifies a moment he wishes to capture. Tom loves the work he does. This passion can be found in every painting.




20 x 16 inches £3,500
24 x 20 inches £4,500
30 x 25 inches £6,500
36 x 28 inches £7,500
40 x 30 inches £9,500
50 x 40 inches from £11,000
60 x 40 inches by negotiation

20 x 16 inches £1,500
24 x 20 inches £2,000
30 x 25 inches £2,500
36 x 28 inches £4,000

20 x 16 inches £1,500
24 x 20 inches £2,000
30 x 25 inches £2,500
36 x 28 inches £4,000

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.


I can paint groups, landscapes still lives or almost anything else and am very happy to travel to my sitters. I am currently registered for VAT.


    • HRH The Prince of Wales
    • Sir Christopher Bland
    • David Suchet


One Man Shows:

      • New Grafton Gallery 1988, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03
      • The Mall Gallery
      • The Hallam Gallery, Sheen
      • The Gate Gallery, Lexington Kentucky
      • Kentucky Museum

Group Shows:

      • Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions since 1980
      • Falmouth Art Gallery
      • Birmingham Museum
      • Southampton Art Gallery
      • Suffolk Street Gallery
      • The Mall Gallery
      • W.H. Patterson Gallery
      • New Grafton Gallery
      • The Royal West of England Academy


      • Former President of Royal Society of British Artists; De Lazlo Medal Winner
      • Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours; he was the featured artist in 1987 and was awarded the Watercolour Foundation prize in 1990.
      • Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
      • Member of the New English Art Club
      • Member of the RWA
      • Hon RBSA, Hon SEA, Hon RBA, Hon PS
      • Awarded the Painter Stainers Prize in its centenary year
      • Awarded the Critic’s Prize in 1987
      • Awarded First prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition in 1888 and third prize in 1989
      • Horse and Hound Royal Ascot Prize in 1992
      • Awarded the Critics Award NEAC in 1994
      • President of the Pastel Society and made Membre D’Honneur of the French Pastel Society. Awarded Medaille D’Or in 1997
      • Awarded the Minto Prize 2004

His paintings have been presented to Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 40th Anniversary of her accession. His work was also purchased by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and he was asked to contribute drawings of Order of Merit holders to the Windsor Castle Collection



  • ‘Tom Coates’, Messum’s, 2011

Commission a portrait by Tom Coates RP PPNEAC PPPS RWS