Born in Glasgow, Scotland on Oct. 3, 1868, Gordon Coutts studied art in Glasgow, London, and in Paris at Académie Julian under Lefebvre, Fleury, and Rossi.
After his stay in Paris, he moved to Melbourne, Australia where he was an instructor at the Art Society of New South Wales for several years during the late 1890s. Upon returning to London in 1899, he exhibited at the Royal Academy. In 1902 he and his wife, Alice, moved to San Francisco where he became an active member and exhibitor of the Bohemian Club while maintaining a home across the bay in Piedmont.
An itinerant globe trotter, he traveled to remote places in search of subject matter. During his early period his work embraced Tonalism; whereas, his style later changed to the brighter, colorful palette of Impressionism.
Ill health necessitated his move to a drier climate, and about 1925 he settled in Palm Springs, CA. There he built a French-Moroccan style castle where he remained until his death of tuberculosis on Feb. 21, 1937.
Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-10
Berkeley Art Association, 1908
Bohemian Club, 1909, 1912-14
Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (gold medal)
Paris Salon, 1913 (gold medal)
PPIE, 1915 (medal)
Calif. Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915
Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1925, 1927
Calif. State Fair, 1930 (gold medal).
Farhat Art Museum
De Young Museum
Melbourne Art Gallery
Nat’l Art Gallery (Sydney)
Palm Springs Desert Museum
Henry Gallery (Univ. of Washington)
Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940″
Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); American Art Annual 1909-21; Who’s Who in American Art.
This biography from the Archives of AskART.