Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery


Frederick Coon: A Search for Meaning
September 10, 2010, 12:23 am
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Frederick Coon

Frederick (Skip) Coon born in Ipsilanti Michigan in 1928, graduated from Cass Techincal Arts High School in 1946. He then served in Korea in the United States Army.

Fred attended Art School and worked for Ford in Research and Development at Greenfield Village, Detroit Michigan.

He completed a M.F.A. in 1965 at University of Michigan.

In 1965 he began teaching at Bakersfield College and completed a M.A. degree in counseling in 1968-70 at U.C.L.A. Fred continued to teach at Bakersfield College until 1993.

Fred’s early paintings and prints of stained glass windows and religious figures explored his relationship to religion and spirituality. At this time Fred and his family toured Western Europe extensively and visited the great European museums and cathedrals.

In the late 1970s and 1980s Fred and his wife JoAnn began to visit the American Southwest and particularly Taos and Chaco Canyon.

Fred began to explore the spiritual and mystical qualities of these sacred places. And then in the early 1990s Fred began to research and search for meaning in Buddhist thought and imagery.

Fred continued to make paintings into the last years of his life, seldom showing his work in public but sharing his investigations with his family. He passed away in 2007.

This is the first time many of these works have been shown to the public.

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