Born 1941. Coates studied at the Bournville College of Art 1956 - 59 and Birmingham College of Art 1959 - 61. He attended the Royal Academy Schools 1961 - 64 when Sir Henry Rushbury was Keeper and Peter Greenham Professor. He was awarded several prizes and Scholarships during his studentship.

Major exhibitions, Achievements and Societies:

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

In 1992 he 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. 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

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

One Man Exhibitions

New Grafton Gallery 1988, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 01, 03

The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists Gallery

The Mall Gallery

The Hallam Gallery, Sheen

The Gate Gallery, Lexington Kentucky

Kentucky Museum

Mixed 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

Coates Thomas RWA