Jack Coulthard  1930-2016

Jack Coulthard, a Yorkshireman who, with his family, lived in Somerset from 1961, was born in Baildon near Bradford in 1930 and educated at Salt's in the amazing Victorian Saltaire.

Jack studied drawing and painting at what was then Leeds College of Art and, after military service in the army of occupation in Germany, worked in general education in the Black Country.

After a year in Italy, Jack and his wife Barbara moved to Taunton where Jack taught drawing and painting at Somerset College of Art. In 1970 he left teaching and painted professionally for the rest of his life.

Jack Coulthard

Read an appreciation of
Jack Coulthard, the man and his paintings
by author Jack Gardner

After exhibiting with regular one-man shows in London between 1971 and 1979 Jack chose to work outside the mainstream, realising, perhaps, that his preoccupations and fascination with a different tradition placed him outside the current aesthetic.

But he was not a recluse! He had regular one-man shows in Taunton, spent much of his time in Austria between 1994 and 2001, attracted by the Moritaten tradition, exhibited in New York, Columbus, Ohio and Udine, Italy, and several provincial cities in England.

Well into his eighties he continued to refine and extend what he believed to be a common language.