Born and raised in Northern California, Coons received his B.F.A. at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and has had four one-man shows with Robert Berman Gallery. Among Berman’s prominent patrons is the legendary pop artist Ed Ruscha, who owns several Coons originals.
Coons explains his process in simple terms. “I’m trying to hide something, so it should be taboo,” he explains. “If I’m hiding a puppy in the background, the question is, ‘why?’ But nudity or erotica in many places is still taboo.”
So why paint in such a fashion? “I paint what turns me on,” he confesses. “I love getting people’s reactions when they realize that there are nude women ‘hiding’ in the background; the emotional reaction is what I want.”