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Gordon Coutts Photo

Gordon Coutts 1868 - 1937

... he achieved artistic acclaim on four continents,
and for a time, he called the Bay Area home.

Gordon Coutts began his studies in his native Glasgow, and continued at the Julian Academy in Paris. He married Alice Gray whom he met in Paris, and lived in Melbourne, Australia for several years. He then taught at the Art Society of New South Wales in Sydney. After some successes in Australia, he exhibited in the Royal Academy in London, and soon afterward, he and Alice moved to San Francisco.

Gordon Coutts Upper Tuolumne Sundown Midsized Thumbnail
Upper Tuolumne Sundown
Coutts Gordon Mid .jpg
Grazing below Mount Tamalpais
Gordon Coutts San Jacinto Morning
San Jacinto Morning
Coutts Gordon Shepherd Mid .jpg
Shepherd and sheep grazing

Always the inquisitive traveler, Coutts was on safari in Africa when Alice divorced him in 1918. In 1925, he moved to Palm Springs because he had tuberculosis. He built a desert for himself, modeled in the motif of castles he had known in Tangiers and named it "Dar Marroc." Today, his former home is an historic hotel named Korakia. When owned by Coutts, it was a center of Palm Springs culture, with visiting friends and artists such as Nicolai Fechin and Grant Wood. Also said to have picked up a brush in the Dar Marroc studio were noteable guests and friends, Winston Churchill and Rudolph Valentino.

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Source: Askart, http://www.gordoncoutts.com, Korakia Hotel website, http://www.Korakia.com.