- The Independent
Jack Coulter (born 1994) is an abstract expressionist painter and photographer from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Coulter grew up surrounded by abstract art and from an early age became influenced by post-war 1940s abstract expressionism and his aunt Christine, who was an abstract printmaker. In 2015, he gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Coulter has synesthesia, a rare sensory, neurological phenomenon which has a profound effect on his work. In an interview with The Independent, Coulter's earliest memories of his condition date back to childhood, where he recalls the sound of his own heartbeat resonating pulses of colour.
At only 21 years old, Coulter's original painting titled '21' was bought exclusively for the Arts Council Collection, the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, making him the youngest artist to be featured. The collection consists of works by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Francis, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin.
Coulter’s work is owned by notable public figures and musicians such as Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Patti Smith, Peter Doherty, Matthew Healy, Antoni Porowski, Rachel Riley, Jack Garratt and Hans Zimmer. As well as companies and organisations: Capitol Records, Universal Music Group, Rough Trade Records, Deezer and Glastonbury Festival.
In June 2016, Coulter was chosen by M&C Saatchi to collaborate with worldwide music streaming service Deezer, where he produced a 'musical painting' for Glastonbury Festival. Coulter's painting attracted worldwide attention and acclaim, it was featured in The Independent, The Guardian, The Irish Times, BBC, Yahoo, BT, AOL, SBTV and Digital Spy.
In April 2018, Coulter painted Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto live with The London Chamber Orchestra in front of an audience of 1,000 people, and streamed to over 1 million worldwide. The video has since reached 1.7 million views online. He had a solo article in British Vogue covering the performance.
One of Coulter's paintings titled 'Rosegold' was auctioned in The Art Of Elysium, Los Angeles for Paddle8, the youngest artist included.
Also in 2018, Coulter collaborated with Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Byredo for Dazed Magazine. He transcribed each scent on canvas.
Coulter's artwork has a following of over 100,000 followers on Instagram, his work has been featured in British Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, VICE, i-D, Dazed & Confused, GQ, Coup De Main, Urban Outfitters, Flaunt, Huck Magazine, Magnetic, Beautiful Savage and Kaltblut Magazine.