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 John Harold, Jr. Coakley  (1918 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: watercolor landscape, desert and marine painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in New York City on June 29, 1918, John Coakley settled in Los Angeles with his family in 1925.  For many years he was president of the Backings Corporation which provided television and motion picture scenery.

Primarily a watercolorist, he painted landscapes of the High Sierra and the desert near Palm Springs as well as urban scenes with boats and piers.

Coakley died in Los Angeles of heart failure on Feb. 6, 1970.

Exhibition: California Water Color Society, 1947-48.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Interview with the artist or his/her family; Death record.
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Biography from California Watercolor:
John Coakley (1918 - 1970)

Born: New York City, NY; Studied: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles); Member: California Water Color Society. When John Coakley was a teenager, his family moved to Southern California. After studying art in Los Angeles, he worked as an artist at the M.G.M. Studios and the Twentieth Century-Fox Studios.

From the mid 1930s until the late 1960s, he exhibited watercolors locally

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Interview with Marie Coakley, 1996

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,
©2003 Hillcrest Press, Inc.

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