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ONE OF COULTER'S PAINTINGS WITHIN JACK GARRATT'S MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'TIME' (ISLAND RECORDS, FEBRUARY 2020)
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 recalled the sound of his own heartbeat resonating pulses of colour.
Whilst still in Art School, he was commissioned by Rough Trade Records to provide the album artwork for musician SOAK’s debut album ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’. The album was nominated for The Mercury Prize.
Then at 21 years old, Coulter's original painting titled '21' was bought exclusively for the Arts Council Collection of Northern Ireland, the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art, making him the youngest artist to be featured.
Coulter’s work is owned by notable public figures such as — Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury Estate, Mumford & Sons, Aaron Paul, Shia LaBeouf, Antoni Porowski, Harry Styles, Jack Garratt, Hans Zimmer, Rachel Riley, Shanola Hampton, Peter Doherty, Mike Crossey and Matthew Healy.
As well as companies and organisations such as — Coca-Cola, The London Chamber Orchestra, GQ, Universal Music Group, Capitol Records, Sony Records, Island Records, Polydor Records, Interscope Records, Rough Trade Records, Deezer and Glastonbury Festival.
In June 2016, Coulter collaborated 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 a full audience at Cadogan Hall, it was also streamed worldwide. He had a solo article in British Vogue covering the performance.
One of Coulter's paintings titled 'Rosegold' was auctioned by The Art Of Elysium in Los Angeles through Paddle8. He was the youngest artist included. The piece was purchased by Shanola Hampton.
In 2018 Coulter also collaborated with Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Byredo for Dazed Magazine. He was asked to transcribe each brand’s scent on canvas.
Coulter has gained a following of over 135,000 followers on Instagram, his work has been covered by The Financial Times, British Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, Hedge Magazine, uDiscoverMusic, The i Paper, VICE, i-D, Dazed, GQ, Coup De Main, Urban Outfitters, Flaunt, Huck Magazine and TMRW Magazine.