About

Michael Coakes grew up with the influence of the 60s and 70s pop culture and an attraction to a diverse array of artists from Mucha to Rembrandt, Michael displayed a serious passion for art even in his preteen years.

As a mostly self-taught artist he has created many drawings, paintings and photographs in the years since. His predominant style early in his artistic career was photo-realist painting.

More recently his mediums and concentrations have expanded to include photography.

He shows his work in gallery exhibits frequently and his work is in private collections around the world.


ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Mostly I create photographic images to express my vision of women, confident and strong, through my use of bold, experimental lighting, posing and/or color.


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EXHIBITS

Oct - Nov 2018 Group Show “October National 2018” Madden Art Center, Decatur, IL **Award Winner 

Sept - Nov 2018 Group Show “75th Annual Salon” South Shore Arts Center, Munster, IN **Award Winner 

Sept - Nov 2018 Group Show “If You Only Knew” Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL


Sept - Oct 2018 Group Show “2018 Later Impressions” Old Town Art Center, Chicago, IL 

May- June 2018 Group Show “Bringing Sexy Back” Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL


Apr- May 2018 Group Show “Red” Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL


Mar-Apr 2018 Solo Show “Les Femmes” The New Studio Gallery, Evanston, IL


Nov 2017- Feb 2018 Group Show “14th Annual Juried Exhibition” Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL 

October 2017 Group Show “Connections” State Street Gallery at Robt. Morris Univ., Chicago, IL 

October 2017 Group Show “Dangerous Lullabies” Dole Mansion and Art Center., Crystal Lake, IL 

Sept-Oct 2017 Group Show “SKETCHBOOK” 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL 

July-Aug 2017 Group Show “Figures and Faces” Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 

July 2017 Group Show “6th Annual Creek Gallery Exhibition” Crystal Lake, IL


June 2017 Group Show “Summer Solstice” Yorkville, IL


Apr 2017 Solo exhibit “Tissage” South Suburban College, South Holland, IL 

Feb 2017 Group Exhibit “Nude Nite” Orlando, FL


Jan-Mar 2017 Group Exhibit “Seduction” Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL


Jan-Feb 2017 Group Exhibit “Adam & Eve” Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL


Oct-Dec 2016 Group Exhibit “Regional Finalists – Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2016” Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL 

October 2016 Group Show “Dangerous Lullabies” Crystal Lake, IL


September-October 2016 Group Show “South Shore Arts 73rd Annual Salon Show” Munster, IN


August-September 2016 Group Show “5th Annual Creek Gallery Exhibition” Crystal Lake, IL


June-July 2016 Group Exhibit “Lexicon” 2nd Floor Gallery, the ZhouB Art Center, Chicago, IL


June 2016 Group Show “Summer Solstice” Yorkville, IL


October 2015 Group Show “Dangerous Lullabies” Crystal Lake, IL


June 2015 Group Show “Summer Solstice” Yorkville, IL


Mar-Apr 2015 Solo exhibit “The Illusions of Psyche” South Suburban College, South Holland, IL


March 2015 Group exhibit, “Nude Nite” Tampa, FL


February 2015 Group exhibit “Nude Attitude” Peoria Art Guild Peoria, IL


February 2015 Group exhibit, “Nude Nite” Orlando, FL


Sept-Oct 2014 Group exhibit 3rd Friday Event “Salon de Paris” 4Art Gallery, Chicago, IL


August 2014 Group exhibit 3rd Friday Event 4Art Gallery, Chicago, IL


July 2014 Group exhibit, “Art of the Dance” Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA


April-May 2014 Group exhibit “Body Language” OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA


March 2014 Group exhibit 3rd Friday Event “Oh, Mardi Gras” 4Art Gallery, Chicago, IL


March 2014 Group exhibit, “Nude Night” Tampa, FL


February 2014 Group exhibit 3rd Friday Event 4Art Gallery, Chicago, IL


February 2014 Group exhibit, “Nude Night” The Art Space Orlando, FL


January 2014 Group exhibit 3rd Friday Event 4Art Gallery, Chicago, IL


October 2013 Group Exhibit “Regional Finalists — Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2013” Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL 

August 2013 Group exhibit, “All Things Considered” Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA


February 2013 Group exhibit, “Emerging Artists Group Show” Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL


February 2013 Group exhibit, “Nude Night” The Art Space Orlando, FL


October 2012 Group Exhibit “Regional Finalists – Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2012” Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL 

December 2011 Group Exhibit “Scope Art Fair” Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series booth during Art Basel Miami 

 Previous exhibit history available upon request.


PUBLICATIONS


2016 Art & Beyond — Special Issue: Nude and Figurative Art (Magazine) 

2015 “Signed & Numbered” (Hard cover book)

2015 Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA — “Fusion” Exhibition Catalog 

2014 Art & Beyond — Special Issue: Digital Art (Magazine) 

2014 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art — “Body Language” Exhibition Catalog 

2012 “Art Takes Miami” Exhibition Catalog