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 Claude Dixon Coats  (1913 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: town-landscape, genre, buildings, mural

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Born in San Francisco, CA on Jan. 17, 1913. Coats was raised in Los Angeles. At USC he studied with Paul Sample and Dan Lutz. Upon graduation in 1934, he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute under Millard Sheets. He then worked at Disney Studios as a background painter and sketch artist for many years. During the 1930s he painted watercolors of old buildings, alleys, and circuses; after 1945 he began to use other media. Coats lived in Los Angeles until his demise on Jan. 9, 1992. Exh: Calif. WC Society, 1933-34; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934; Painters & Sculptors of LA, LACMA, 1934; Nat'l Scarab Sketch prize, 1934; Oakland Art Gallery, 1934. In: USC (frescoes).
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Claude Coats (1913-1992)...Born: San Francisco, CA

Studied: University of Southern California

Member: California Water Color Society.

Claude Coats was raised in California where he studied watercolor painting with Paul Sample and Dan Lutz. After graduating in 1934, he began exhibiting with the California Water Color Society and for approximately ten years, was active as a watercolor artist. Coats worked for many years as an artist at the Walt Disney Studios, where he painted elaborate, colorful watercolor backgrounds for many classic animated feature films including Pinocchio, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfi, Cinderella, Fantasia and Peter Pan.

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